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A physician associate/physician assistant in surgical gear

What is a PA?

What is a PA (physician associate/physician assistant)? PAs are licensed clinicians who practice medicine in every specialty and setting.

Career Experts Offer PAs Advice on Contract Negotiation

Three career experts offer their advice on AAPA member-submitted contract negotiation questions.

Surviving Your Didactic Phase

Most PAs recall their PA education as being the most rigorous and challenging of their academic careers. The hard work will be worth it as you learn how to become an outstanding clinician.

Surviving Your Clinical Phase

During Clinical Rotations you will put your theoretical medical knowledge to the test in real-world clinical settings. Under the supervision of a preceptor, you will be placed on health teams in several different medical settings and specialties.

5 Tips for PA School’s Didactic Phase

The didactic phase is the first exposure many future PAs have to the rigors, challenges, and rewards of their chosen career. 

OvidMD

OvidMD is a centralized online source for point-of-care and research support tools.

Boundaries and Professional Wellbeing

PAs need to create professional boundaries as part of a healthy career.

Wage PArity

AAPA is working to solve the PA pay gap by making sure that every PA has the tools they need to effectively negotiate their pay and benefits. The articles, resources, and tips on this page are the first step you can take with us to make this happen!