AAPA COVID-19 Resource Center


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.

Stay Connected

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.


Minnesota PAs Celebrate New Law Removing References to Supervision, Delegation, and Physician Responsibility for PA Care

A new Minnesota law passed after years of effort by the Minnesota Academy of PAs removes references to supervision, delegation, and physician responsibility for care provided by PAs, allowing PAs to practice to the full extent of their education, training, and experience.

Oklahoma Legislation Allows PAs to Receive Direct Pay

Oklahoma PAs are celebrating a major victory with passage of S.B. 1915 which specifically allows for PAs to receive direct pay. The legislation provides Oklahoma with an element of Optimal Team Practice and modernizes PA practice in the state.

COVID-19 and PA Students: Adapting to Emergency and Lending a Hand

For PA student Shannon Watson, adapting to an emergency situation is no new feat. She shares how the California wildfires of 2018 prepared her to better adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how she’s finding ways to help as a student.

What’s It’s Like to be Furloughed During COVID-19

Urgent care PA Rachael Jarman reflects on what it feels like to be furloughed during COVID-19, a situation she never thought she would find herself in. After planning workflows and patient care before the surge, she found herself staying home until further notice.

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First National Survey of Physician Assistants on COVID-19 Crisis

A new national survey of PAs was released today from the AAPA. It shows the considerable contributions of PAs and the scale at which they have had to adapt to meet the needs of patients during the COVID-19 crisis.


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.


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).