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A Day in the Life of a PA in Dermatology

Sara M. Wilchowski, MS, PA-C, never has a typical day practicing in dermatology. She enjoys the variety of her specialty, from conducting full-body cancer exams to navigating tough conversations with patients and their families in order to communicate treatment options.

PA Scope of Practice

PAs are proven and integral members of the U.S. healthcare system. But what exactly do PAs do? And who decides? The boundaries of each PA’s scope of practice are determined by these parameters: education and experience; state law; policies of employers and facilities, and the needs of the patients.

Contract and Salary Negotiations

: You’ve landed your first PA job – now it’s time get the salary and perks you want! PA educator James R. Kilgore, DMSc, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, shares tips and tricks for negotiating the terms of your contract.

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PA Money Sense Interactive Budget Guide

Take control of your student loans before PA school graduation with the PA Money Sense Interactive Budget Guide. Available free to AAPA members!

“How I Paid Off $150K in Less Than 5 Years”: Extreme Budgeting for PA Students and New Grads

Learn how one savvy PA managed to pay off her loans in just five years. Sam Ngo, PA-C shares tips for how to live frugally, pay down debt, and achieve financial independence.

Skills and Strategies for Media Interviews

The media is an important way to reach the public and policymakers so they better understand who PAs are, what you do, and how they can support your work. This video covers the simple skills and strategies PAs can use when participating in media interviews.

On-the-job Stimulation and Work-life Balance Draw PAs to Nephrology

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) presents both a significant challenge for patients and an enormous opportunity for providers. Many PAs in other specialties play a role in treating their patients who have CKD. Practicing in nephrology gives clinicians a solid foundation in medicine.

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Your Top 5 Career Questions Answered by the PA Career Coach

Jennifer Anne Hohman, the PA Career Coach, answers the top five questions we heard from PAs this year. She offers her expert advice on asking for a raise, negotiating (and renegotiating) your salary, how to land a job as a new grad, and more.

On-Ramp to Advocacy

Are you fired up about the many issues facing the PA profession but not sure where to begin with getting involved and making an impact? Learn more about how students and early career PAs can start on the path to advocacy.

A Day in the Life of a PA in Outpatient Obstetrics and Gynecology

PA Melissa Rodriguez says that obstetrics has been her passion since childhood and caring for women during their pregnancies is the only career she seriously considered. She believes it’s time to augment women’s healthcare and that PAs are the solution.

Burnout Can Occur Early Among PAs and PA Students

Although one might think that burnout only occurs in seasoned PA providers, even students can experience burnout. There is hope for the student and early career PA. A national trend toward addressing the mental health of our medical providers includes new assessments and onboarding.

A Day in the Life of a PA in the Bureau of Prisons

PA Joshua Henderson decided to combine his interest in orthopaedics with his desire to serve his country and started his career with the U.S. Public Health Service, Federal Bureau of Prisons. He serves as a clinical PA at a high-security penitentiary in Florida.

Conquering Imposter Phenomenon

More than a third of PAs suffer from imposter syndrome, and even higher numbers of PA students and early career professionals are affected. View this FREE webinar on the problem with imposter syndrome, it’s impact on PA mental health and burnout, and ways to combat it.

Resume Template

This resume template was created by AAPA’s Early Career PA Commission and is intended to help guide PAs in all career stages, including PA students, through the process of creating a resume that will impress prospective employers.

CV Template

This CV template was created by AAPA’s Early Career PA Commission and is intended to help guide PAs in all career stages, including PA students, through the process of creating a CV that will impress prospective employers.