National PA Week 2017 celebrates during the profession's 50th anniversary

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More than 115,500 PAs will celebrate their contributions to healthcare during National PA Week.
More than 115,500 PAs will celebrate their contributions to healthcare during National PA Week.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is celebrating National PA Week from October 6 to 12 to honor the PA profession and all of its contributions to health care.

“This week is a chance for us to raise awareness and celebrate the significant contributions that PAs make to health care,” said L. Gail Curtis, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA, president and chair of AAPA's Board of Directors. “It's also a time for PAs to pause and remember why we became PAs in the first place—to give back.”

Priorities for the future that will be discussed during PA Week include:

  • Modernizing PA laws and policies
  • Documenting and measuring PA value
  • Advocating for evidenced-based maintenance of certification (MOC)
  • Improving employer policies and workplace cultures

Throughout the week, PAs will participate in events and activities, including community health events. On October 9, more than 200 PA students will participate in a PA Week tradition by attending “PAs on the Plaza,” a gathering on the set of NBC's The Today Show.

To learn more about PA Week, visit https://www.aapa.org/events/pa-week/

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