This week marks National Physician Assistant (PA) Week, time dedicated to raising awareness of the PA profession as well as the important contributions that PAs make across every medical setting and specialty. PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative, as the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) notes, practicing in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, helping to improve healthcare access and quality.
There are more than 123,000 PAs who practice in every medical setting in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the AAPA. They work in hospitals, medical offices, community health centers, nursing homes, retail clinics, educational facilities, workplace clinics, and correctional institutions, as well as for the U.S. military and federal government agencies.
Sponsored by AAPA, National PA Week began as a one-day event, National PA Day, which was first celebrated on Oct. 6, 1987, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class of PAs from Duke University. This year marks the 51st anniversary of this important date in the history of healthcare professions.
Throughout the week, be sure to thank the PAs that you work with, as they play an important role in guiding and supporting patients and their families through diagnosis and treatment. At Mallinckrodt, many of us work closely with PAs in some capacity, and it is important to honor their contributions to improving the lives of the patients we all serve.
Show your support of National PA Week and AAPA by:
- Using the Facebook Profile Pic Frames tool to add a PA Week overlay to your profile picture, or
- Sharing the “Your PA Can Handle It” YouTube Video, using the hashtag #PAweek.