About The PA Doctor

ThePADoctor.com is a project of several certified Physician Associates (PAs) that either hold or are seeking doctoral degrees in medicine, health, or related fields.

What’s the point?

  • Though PAs have been around for 50 years, some people still don’t really understand what a PA is, what they can do, and why you should see one.
  • Their previous title, Physician Assistant, didn’t describe the high degree of autonomy that these well-trained providers command.
  • Beyond bad branding, too many rules and regulations across the US are more about controlling potential competition than they are about patient safety.
  • With doctoral degrees for PAs becoming increasingly common, we felt some form of quality control was necessary. We can’t influence accreditation, but we can call it like we see it.

Why are articles written anonymously?

Because the internet brings out the worst in people. To protect our families, our jobs, and our patients, we’ve all decided to write under the same pen name: The PA Doctor. It also allows us to be in more places at once. Occasionally, guest posts will be credited to a particular author but when any author desires the ability to speak freely without fear of retribution, they are offered some shelter under a pseudonym.

Do You Take Submissions or Contributions?

Yes, but we reserve the right to edit for clarity and fit.

If you’re interested in contributing an article relevant to PAs, the practice of medicine, or health in general, please leave a reply. Your response will not be published.

7 thoughts on “About The PA Doctor

  • January 24, 2021 at 9:13 am
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    Thank you for creating this space.

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  • May 23, 2021 at 10:47 pm
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    Thank you, this is really needed.

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  • July 25, 2021 at 5:38 am
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    I loved your article laying out the rationale for why healthcare IS NOT a right!! Very well done!!

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  • October 5, 2021 at 2:15 pm
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    Hello,
    I was wondering if you have heard of the bridge doctorate of medical sciences program at Butler University?
    If so, what do you think of it?

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    • October 6, 2021 at 5:23 pm
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      It looks to be one of the better ones out there and one of the few truly clinical degrees.

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  • December 29, 2021 at 3:18 pm
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    If I get my DMS degree can I be called a doctor in any clinical settings or solely in academic settings? I can’t find anything concrete online just a lot of opinions.

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    • December 30, 2021 at 3:35 pm
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      We are of the opinion that “doctor” denotes a level of education and not a specific profession. It is a term of respect and is not the property of any one specific clinician type. We believe that any clinician with a clinical doctorate has the right to use the title “doctor” even where unjustly prohibited by law. To educate patients and prevent occasional confusion, credentials and licensure should always be disclosed and displayed whether MD, PA, OD, DO, DPM, etc.

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