AAPA COVID-19 Resource Center

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PAs are a vital part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You are likely working long hours and putting your own health at risk for your patients. AAPA thanks you for all you are doing to address this global health crisis.

We will be adding new tools and resources to this page to help you continue to practice medicine safely and effectively, while keeping your own health in mind.

AAPA 2020 in Nashville has been canceled. Read FAQs on cancellation here.


Research & Information

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AAPA’s Survey of PAs During COVID-19 Confirms Contributions, Adaptability of Profession

AAPA’s first national survey of PAs during the pandemic shows nearly half of PAs have tested, treated, or diagnosed COVID-19 patients. Furloughs, layoffs, and access to PPE are concerns for the profession.

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Watch Videos on PAs & COVID-19

Check out media coverage showcasing PAs, get tips on avoiding burnout, learn how to be a PA advocate, and more.

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Connect on Huddle

Share information with your fellow PAs in this COVID-19 Discussion Page on Huddle.

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PAs in the News

Read what your fellow PAs are saying to local and national media.

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Shareable Graphics

We created Facebook and Instagram images that you can download and share with your followers.

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COVID-19 Reinforces Urgent Need for the PA Direct Payment Act

AAPA staff and dedicated PA advocates have been working with determination to advance the PA Direct Payment Act (S.596/H.R. 1052) during this Congress. Here is an update on legislation to help ensure PAs can permanently receive direct payment for their services.

How One Health System Trained APPs for COVID-19 in Just 14 Days

As COVID-19 hit the Northeast, Intermountain Health provided Just-in-Time training to 54 primary care PAs and NPs to be redeployed to hospitalist teams. The collaboration and training resulted in many APPs feeling energized, valued, and needed in a short amount of time.

Delaware PA’s Experience During COVID Response Proves It’s Time to Cut Red Tape

When elective surgeries were canceled on March 17 at Delaware-based ChristianaCare, Travis Fogelman, a surgical PA, did what all PAs are trained to do – he switched roles. The health system asked for PA volunteers, and he jumped right in.

PAs Urge Catch-Up Vaccinations during National Immunization Awareness Month

In support of National Immunization Awareness Month activities this August, AAPA and PAs are joining a national effort, “Catch-Up to Get Ahead,” to address the alarming declines in routine childhood immunization that happened as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

D.C. PA Helps Create Better PPE for Airway Procedures

When COVID-19 hit Washington, D.C., emergency medicine PA Amy Keim observed that the plastic drapes being used to decrease aerosolized particles during airway procedures weren’t cutting it. So she set out to make something better: the Airway Procedure Tent.


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Additional Resources


Crisis Hotlines

Do you need to talk or want someone to listen? These times may be overwhelming for a lot of reasons.

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We Want to Hear from You

Share your story with AAPA about your work on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.

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From Our Partners

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PA Program Faculty & Instructional Resources

PA programs, faculty, and students can access updates and resources from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), including instructional resources like the Teacher Toolkit.

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COVID-19 Guidance for PA Programs

Read the latest updates and statements on topics like clinical rotations from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).

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Certification & Recertification During COVID-19

Get your questions answered with FAQs from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).