Lemon Bars Posted May 13, 2012 Share Posted May 13, 2012 Okay this is kind of a silly question, but if a PA is working in hospital or clinic or wherever and a patient says, "Thanks, doc!" is it a legal requirement to say, "You're most welcome, but I"m not a doctor." What if a PA is in an informal setting and a friend says, "Hey doctor can you look at this bug bite on my arm?" Must you say each time, "Yes I have lots of medical training and I'd love to look at your arm, but I'm not a doctor. No, I'm not a nurse either. Well, a PA is a person with advanced training that..." What if you are standing in a hospital hallway wearing a white coat and stethoscope and a patient says, "Hey doc, where's the cafeteria?" Must the PA say, "The cafeteria is downstairs, and the elevator is right here, but by the way I'm not a doctor." I'm just trying to imagine a future career as a PA and I'm coming up with some awkward/funny moments because "Physician Assistant" is such a terrible job title. It's so easy to confuse with medical asssitant or nurse assistant, and less recognized than Nurse Practitioner. "Physician Associate" isn't much better, really. Thoughts? (kind of silly, I know) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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