JACC Leadership Page: What’s in a Name?

In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, discusses the shift from calling physicians “doctors” to “providers.” This insurance term has been adopted by physicians themselves, while nurse practitioners and physician assistants are now often called “mid-level providers.” Instead, Walsh encourages inclusive terms such as “professionals” or “clinicians” and says not to be afraid of using “doctors” or “physicians” when making specific reference to them. She cautions against using terms such as “mid-level” and “extender.” “We all deserve the respect that our hard-earned titles have afforded us,” she writes. “Let us make certain that these titles continue to be used.” Read more.