PA stands for Physician Assistant. This is a professional position requiring an undergraduate degree followed by 2-3 more years of training. PAs “…exercise autonomy in medical decision making as determined by their supervising or sponsoring physician.” (per Wikipedia). I do not have a PA.
MA stands for Medical Assistant. Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice (per Bureau of Labor and Statistics.) I do not have an MA.
I have a new CA:
Allow me to introduce our new Canine Assistant, Roswell. His duties in the office will include sleeping, shedding, and vigorously wagging his tail at everyone who walks in the door. Ros comes to us having completed a four month internship at Main Line Animal Rescue, and we are very excited that he will be joining the office staff.
Additionally, we have brought on a second CA for further assistance in the home. Here is The Warrior Princess assisting The Jock with telecommunications:
Miss Princess also completed a MLAR internship, and we are pleased to have her as part of our household.
Speaking of MLAR, by the way, I cannot speak highly enough of this organization. Their training regimens are extensive, and their matching policies are extremely rigorous, attempting to ensure the best possible fit between interns and those seeking to fill a position. In addition to providing CAs, they also have a large supply of FAs (Feline Associates; cats do not assist anyone) for immediate placement.
Please join us in welcoming these new additions to our lives.