Each year, from October 6th through the 12th, Physician Assistants are recognized for their critical contributions to our nation’s healthcare, during what the American Academy of Physician Assistants has dubbed National PA Week. And this year’s PA Week is extra special, as it’s the 50th anniversary of the profession.
Since 1967, PAs have fought to move healthcare forward by increasing access and improving health outcomes for scores of Americans. 50 years later, they are the face of the future of healthcare. Seeing 70+ patients per week, on average, and filling gaps in care in rural areas—and, mind you, that’s all while fighting for full practice authority and constantly reminding people they’re Physician Assistants, not Physician’s Assistants—the need for PAs is glaringly obvious, and it just keeps growing—an expected growth of 30% from 2014 to 2024.
Trusted, essential, and ready for anything—we salute you, PAs, and hope you have a fabulous week celebrating all you have accomplished. It is truly something of which to be proud.
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