PA Week

National PA Week is held every year from Oct. 6–12, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is committed to helping you recognize the value of PAs. We hope you will join us as we celebrate America’s more than 100,000 clinically practicing PAs during PA Week 2014.

PAs across the country use PA Week to increase awareness of both the PA profession and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Visit the areas below for more on what you need to know about PAs:

Shop for PA gear (coffee mugs, banners, shirts, etc.) to have in your office or give to your PAs during PA Week. 

Looking for a way to celebrate? We’ve put together a list below to help you out, complete with step-by-step guides. And check out the Virtual Career Fair on Oct. 8, where you can chat one on one with top PA employers from the comfort of your own home.

Get pumped for the #PAweek Photo Challenge and share your PA Week photos on Instagram and Facebook. You can even enter to win great prizes!

If you have questions about PA Week or how to celebrate in 2014, contact: Patrick Dunne, AAPA assistant director of communications, pdunne@aapa.org.

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1. Promote PA Week

Hang up a 2014 PA Week poster in your lobby, classroom, hallway or a public space!

Click on one of the posters below to download (PDF).

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Get state PA Week stamps here.

You can also grab a co-branded poster, a newspaper ad or a website banner.


2. Join PAs on the Plaza on Oct. 7

Each year, PAs and PA students gather in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza to be on NBC’s “Today” show dressed in white coats and scrubs. It's a great way for you to make a visual impression on the anchors and audience, and raise awareness of the fact that America needs PAs.

Get more information on this event

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3. Educate your patients

Need a brochure that explains PAs for patients? 

Grab the latest version of our "America Needs PAs" patient brochure (PDF).

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4. Sponsor a health fair or preventive screening

You may want to co-sponsor this event with a larger institution such as a hospital, health club or community center to share expenses and responsibilities.

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5. Talk with your local media

PA Week is a great time to talk to your local media about highlighting how PAs practice medicine or the valuable roles PAs play in delivering high-quality healthcare. (Photo source: Flickr: Matthew Keefe)

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6. Host an event for children

This could be a reading hour that emphasizes health at a library, or a fitness test at a YMCA or community center. Encouraging healthy, active lifestyles among youth shows that PAs are ambassadors of quality healthcare.

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7. Reach out to local schools

Educate students about who PAs are, how they work with patients and how to become one. You never know: The event might be an inspiration to someone in attendance.

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8. Host a networking meeting

PA Week can also be a time to connect with other medical providers, researchers or administrators and increase your professional network.

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9. Meet with your legislator

This is a great way to get to know their priorities and communicate your views on important issues.

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10. Get social

Head to AAPA’s social media pages and let everyone know what YOU are doing for PA Week this year!

Be part of our #PAweek social media campaign for PAs, patients, employers and others to celebrate, and show appreciation for, PAs using social networks.

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Co-branded posters, ads and web banners

Co-brand one of these posters by adding your university, hospital, or state organization logo (PDF):

Use of these full- or half-page ads for your local newspaper, newsletter or e-newsletter (PDF):

Or grab one of these web banners for your site:

Show your support for PA Week by proudly displaying this badge on your website. Copy and paste the code below!

PA Week Downloadable Badge

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