What’s in a name?

What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
      Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part

      Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
      What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
      By any other name would smell as sweet.

Specific to the nomenclature of the physician assistant profession, the issue has become that, in this day and age, PAs no longer “assist” primary care physicians; rather, they practice with them as associates. Physician assistants have been integrated into not only primary care but practically every medical subspecialty in existence.  more»

Minding your grammar

While perusing articles on health care in the medical literature as well as in the lay press, I frequently run across the misnomer “physician’s assistant.” What the author really means, of course, is “physician assistant,” the established nomenclature for our profession.

Does that crucially placed terminal “apostrophe s” really matter? Apparently so, according to a recent New York Times article on IBM’s master computer, Watson.  more»