June 07, 2021

ACR Statement on AAPA Changing Professional Title to Physician Associate

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) opposes the change in title from physician assistant (PA) to physician associate. The physician assistant title accurately reflects the training of these professionals and their role in any physician-led team. Any change would lead to confusion among patients as they make important health care choices.

Radiologists are uniquely trained and qualified – even among physicians - to provide radiologic care. The ACR actively opposes supervision or interpretation of radiological exams or procedures by non-physician providers. The ACR endorses the role and training of the Registered Radiology Assistant (RRA) – which does not include imaging supervision or interpretation.

The ACR will work with other physician specialties on legislation and regulations to ensure that patients receive the highest quality care from physician-led healthcare teams.