Every year from Oct. 6-12, we celebrate National PA Week, which recognizes the physician assistant profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. Physician assistants are crucial members of care teams throughout Washington—and at the WSMA, they make up a vital element of our membership.
Before it was a weeklong event, National PA Day was first celebrated on Oct. 6, 1987 in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class of PAs. Oct. 6 is also the birthday of the profession’s founder Eugene A. Stead Jr., MD. [Washington state was an early adopter of PAs, with the WSMA providing crucial support to help pass legislation in 1971 allowing PA practice in the state. The WSMA invited PAs to join as members in 1982].
This PA Week is especially significant as it falls during a global pandemic. PAs have stepped up in major ways, including serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. Whatever your specialty or setting, you have put your health at risk every day to care for your patients.
During this challenging time, PAs have not only proven themselves as flexible, adaptable, and collaborative—but also essential. Essential to health care. Essential to patients.
How you can support PA Week
The AAPA is offering a PA Week 2020 Media Guide, developed specifically to help you share this important public health information and to help you talk with your local media.
Follow AAPA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram to see all of the PA Week celebrations around the country. Use hashtags #PAweek and #PAsAreEssential to join the conversation! Update your Facebook profile image with this overlay and participate in the AAPA’s PA Week Instagram contest. To enter, post to your Instagram feed during the week of Oct 6-12, use “#PAweek” and tag @AAPAorg in your post, and follow @AAPAorg and @medelita_gram, the PA-founded medical apparel company, on Instagram. Five winners will each receive one custom embroidered MEDELITA product of their choice (i.e. lab coat, set of scrubs, or scrub jacket).
WSMA and WAPA: Partnering to modernize PA practice
Don’t miss our in-depth coverage of PA practice in Washington state in WSMA Reports. These stories examine how PAs are partnering with physicians to optimize medical practice and increase access for patients, and look at recent efforts by the WSMA and our partners at the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants to modernize PA practice.
Partnering to Solve the Health Care Puzzle, WSMA Reports, March/April 2020 issue (members only)
Training to Address the Region's Unmet Health Care Needs, WSMA Reports, March/April 2020 issue (members only)
A Virtuous Cycle, WSMA Reports, March/April 2020 issue (members only)