Posted October 5, 2016
National Physician Assistants' Week: October 6 - 12
America is healthier because of PAs. Thank you for all you do!
What is PA Week?
National PA Week takes place each year from October 6 - 12 to celebrate the profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. Before it was a week-long event, National PA Day was first celebrated on October 6, 1987, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class of PAs from the Duke University PA program. October 6 is also the birthday of the profession’s founder, Eugene A. Stead, Jr., MD.
America’s more than 108,500 certified PAs are a powerful force for better health for millions of patients across the country. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest-growing professions, PAs were ranked the most promising job of 2015 by Forbes.com. Because of PAs, the healthcare system is stronger. Because of PAs, more patients get access to high-quality, cost-effective care. Because of PAs, we celebrate National PA Week!
What is a PA?
A PA practices medicine and prescribes medication on healthcare teams with physicians and other healthcare providers. PAs are proven to create access, elevate health outcomes and increase patient satisfaction.
The more than 108,500 certified PAs around the country can be found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and the uniformed services.