FAQs for Physicians

    Welcome to our new page dedicated to providing information about the PA Profession to supervising physicians as well as to physicians who are interested in hiring a PA!

    Check back often as we continue to develop this page. Email us at ospa@oregonpa.org to suggest content.


    Do You Need a PA for your practice? Posting a job posting web site is simple and effective. Visit the OSPA job posting page, download the job posting order form, complete the page and FAX it with payment information to the OSPA office. Meanwhile, send the requested job posting to ospa@oregonpa.org as content in the body of the email or as a Word document, and we'll  get the job posted for you.

    PA vs NP?

    A common question posed to physician assistants is, "What is the difference between a PA and a nurse practitioner (NP)?" There is no easy way to respond because what a PA or an NP does varies by state, specialty, and individual practice. The AAPA Public Relations Committee (PRC) researched both professions and developed a list of resources to help answer the question. In October, an editorial was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and  that offers an overview of what the PRC learned.

    Click here to read the editorial

    Oregon Society of Physician Assistants

    PO Box 55214, Portland, OR 97238
    Ph: 503-650-5864  |  Fax: 360-256-5597

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