CAPA’s Statement in Response to AMA’s #StopScopeCreep Campaign

The AMA recently posted, and later removed after being confronted with a flood of outrage, the social media post you see above. In the midst of a pandemic, where healthcare providers are dying in staggering numbers, the AMA is choosing to use divisive rhetoric in an attempt to diminish the role of PAs and to create distrust from the public. At a time when we should be saying “we are all in this together,” and rallying to meet the unprecedented challenges we face at the present moment, these tone-deaf remarks by the AMA are, instead, damaging the healthcare institutions where PAs have bravely served during this pandemic. In fact, research has found that over half of all PAs have either tested, treated, or diagnosed COVID-19 patients.

So there is no confusion, AMA, hear this: Acting to the full extent of our training and experience is not “scope creep.” It’s simply doing what PAs are educated to do. PAs take care of patients, first and foremost. The AMA’s bizarre decision to sow division between, rather than unite, healthcare providers in the middle of a pandemic is at odds with the intense and patient-focused collaboration shown by PAs who are saving lives every day. In contrast, PAs will continue to choose to lead by example. The evidence is clear. PAs are essential for patients to access high-quality and affordable healthcare. The AMA’s lack of judgment was made apparent by their ultimate decision to remove their post. It should never have been posted in the first place.

Now, let’s get back to work.

#CAPAspeaks #Leadbyexample #YourPACan #Factsnotfear

5 comments on “CAPA’s Statement in Response to AMA’s #StopScopeCreep Campaign

  • November 4, 2020 at 6:46 am

    Thank you CAPA for addressing this post by the AMA and For your ongoing commitment to PAs! The fact that AMA published such an untrue, unprofessional and immature statement says a lot about their own character and establishment. Bullying, creating hierarchy, etc… all symptoms of being threatened by a profession that is trained to thrive and provide excellent care in ANY area of specialty. We are only growing bigger and stronger.

  • November 4, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Couldn’t have put it any better! Go CAPA

  • November 5, 2020 at 8:10 am
    Brian Reber

    did the AMA statement refer to PAs or to NPs?

  • November 7, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    Lori Rodriguez

    Just curious if they included NP’s in this comment. I did not see that above. I’m truly not understanding why they even feel this way at all. PA’s are an essential part of the care team and we are trained in the same model as MD’s. I just recently heard that NP’s as of 2023 can practice fully on their own without any need for physician supervision. If MD’s are concerned about competition, than they need to look at what is going on with NP’s. It’s not a bad thing, I’m just wondering if this post was made with concern of PA’s competing with MD’s. We are all needed and important roles in all aspects of medicine.

  • November 8, 2020 at 9:05 am
    Miriam Delosantos

    I like how direct the statement is and how it is focused on patient care. There are two big things missing, however:

    1) we are *not* anything like NPs and need to stop being lumped in with them. The AANP has very aggressive and bullying tactics that are frankly dangerous, and for PAs to keep getting lumped in with NPs is not only wrong but undermines the PA profession in every way.

    2) the main concern the AMA and state medical organizations have voiced is the push for independent practice. This is clear as day by the AANP. Yet CAPA and the AAPA have yet to come out with a clear statement about the PA profession. The vague language surrounding OTP does not help either. So both CAPA and AAPA need to stand up and clearly state that the PA profession is not seeking independent practice. And if AAPA and CAPA think that seeking independent practice is what your constituents want, please actually touch base with us as we do not desire this.

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