A Q&A with Dr. Nina Multak: PA profession to undergo name change

The profession will change from physician assistant to physician associate

By: Emily Mavrakis
Nina Multak Multak, Ph.D., MPAS, PA-C Photo by Mindy C. Miller

What is the history of the physician assistant profession?

How did the discussion to change the meaning of PA to physician associate take place?

When did the name change pass, and how soon will it be implemented nationwide?

What is the significance of using the term physician associate to describe this profession?