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Carson has withdrawn as a speaker at the conference.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.
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.
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.