Dr. Benjamin Carson and Carol James, PA-C, Withdraw from Conference


Today, Dr. Benjamin Carson and Carol James, PA-C, notified AAPA that they will not be participating in the 41st Annual PA Conference in May as award recipients, and Carson has withdrawn as a speaker at the conference. Carson’s recent remarks have caused significant anguish among a number of AAPA members, and Carson, James and AAPA believe that his presence would create a significant distraction from the educational purposes of the conference.

Carson and James were slated to receive the Physician-PA Partnership Award – one of eight awards that are given by AAPA each year. Recipients are nominated by fellow PAs and others who know their work, and award decisions are made each year in January by a volunteer work group of member PAs appointed by the AAPA Board of Directors. Following Carson’s selection, he was asked to address the conference on the role and value of PAs in healthcare.

The Awards Work Group determined that Carson and James’s 30-year medical partnership exemplifies “the unique relationship of trust, collegiality, and mutual respect that is essential to the PA profession,” which the award is intended to recognize. While AAPA will not be awarding a Physician-PA Partnership Award this year, the Academy and its members remain dedicated to patient-centered, team-based medical practice.


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