FAQs About Project Access Visits
Who can take part in Project Access?
Any PA with a passion for educating underrepresented minority students about the PA profession can set up a Project Access visit with a local school or community organization.
What is involved in a Project Access visit?
Project Access is a PA- and PA student-led effort supported by tools and resources from AAPA and PAEA. You can hold a Project Access event anytime or anywhere. It could be held in your local community middle or high school or at a community event.
How long does a visit take?
A Project Access visit can be completed in an hour or less.
How do I know what to say during my visit?
Use the downloadable Project Access Toolkit and Sample Presentation on this page for step-by-step guidance on reaching out to potential schools and organizations, as well as content that can be used during your presentation.
What can I do after my visit?
Don’t forget to fill out your Project Access surveys so that we can keep track of all visits! About a week after your visit, it’s a good idea to follow up with your contact at the school or organization to thank them for the visit. At this time, you can also invite interested students to visit your workplace or PA program.
A Note About the Profession’s Title Change
The official title of the PA profession is “physician associate.” As the organization representing the PA profession, AAPA has transitioned to the American Academy of Physician Associates.
PAs should continue to use “physician assistant” or “PA” as their official legal title in a professional capacity, particularly in clinical settings and with patients.
Title change implementation is a complex undertaking that will take time to wholly implement. It also involves other national PA organizations (PAEA, NCCPA, and ARC-PA), PA programs, AAPA Constituent Organizations, as well as state and federal governments, regulators, and employers.
Read more about the title change.