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.

News

The COVID-19 Chronicles: PA Shares Frontline Account

Hayden Mulligan, PA-C, practices family medicine at a Duke University primary care clinic in Mebane, North Carolina. As COVID-19 cases in the U.S. began to spike, Mulligan chronicled her experiences, her feelings, and her fears in real-time. She shares her account of the first weeks of the pandemic.

How to Stay on Track in PA School During a Global Pandemic

Kristopher Maday, a PA program director in Tennessee, addresses some difficult truths that PA students should consider in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. He shares his tips for both current and prospective students, as well as his own faculty perspective.

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5 Mental Health Tips for PA Students

Melissa Elist, a second-year PA student, found it challenging to adapt to the new reality of COVID-19. She realized that prioritizing her mental health was an important aspect of getting through a global pandemic and shares five tips for other PA students.

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How COVID-19 Changed My PA School

When PA student Sunayana Pydah left Virginia for California on the way to her ninth rotation, she expected to come back. But her trip coincided with the first spikes of COVID-19 throughout the country. She shares what she experienced during the past few months.

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US Army Reserve PAs Deployed to Assist in COVID-19 Response

With fewer than 48 hours notice, a unique cohort of United States Army Reserve PAs was pulled together to create the 811-1 Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force with a mission assignment to Stamford, Connecticut, to assist in the COVID-19 response.


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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).