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About the American Academy of PAs

AAPA is the national membership organization for all PAs. Founded in 1968, AAPA represents a profession of approximately 150,000 PAs across all medical settings and specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and the uniformed services.

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Recent Press Releases

A chronological list of news and announcements released to the press from AAPA.

What is a PA?

PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.

Guide for Writing and Talking About PAs

As the PA profession evolves, so does the language used to talk about it. The explosive growth of the profession, coupled with the continued modernization of PA laws, is rapidly changing the way PAs practice and the language we use to describe what they do. This is a reference guide for how to communicate about the profession in a way that reflects the realities of modern PA practice.

AAPA Board of Directors

The AAPA Board of Directors is the governing body responsible for AAPA’s strategic, administrative, and financial management.

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