National PA Week takes place each year from Oct. 6–12 to celebrate the profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. Before it was a week-long event, National PA Day was first celebrated on October 6, 1987, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class of PAs from the Duke University PA program. October 6 is also the birthday of the profession’s founder, Eugene A. Stead, Jr., MD. For more on the profession’s history, visit the PA History Society.
America’s more than 108,500 certified PAs are a powerful force for better health for millions of patients across the country. Consistently recognized as one of the best professions in America, PAs also represent one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation. Because of PAs, the healthcare system is stronger. Because of PAs, more patients get access to high-quality, cost-effective care.
Celebrating half a century of care. Even though the PA profession doesn’t turn 50 until next year, you can start honoring 50 years of PAs now! Share your excitement during #PAweek with free posters and social images commemorating the profession’s upcoming anniversary.
A PA practices medicine and prescribes medication on healthcare teams with physicians and other healthcare providers. PAs are proven to create access, elevate health outcomes and increase patient satisfaction.
The more than 108,500 certified PAs around the country can be found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and the uniformed services.
AAPA has everything you need to make this PA Week the biggest yet! Use our PA-centric gear to help you spread awareness about your profession. Hang up PA Week posters or hand out brochures to your employer, family, friends and patients. Share our 'What is a PA?' video on social media, sponsor a local health event, and more.
Want to print brochures or posters? You’ve got two options! Click on them to download and print for free OR
purchase professionally printed resources, with an option to co-brand, using username: paweek and password: aapa.
Share this snapshot of the PA profession with your colleges and aspiring PAs looking to find out more about the who PAs are and what they do.
Download and share to educate the public about common myths of the PA profession. Print version.
Help educate your patients, colleagues, friends and family about who PAs are, what PAs do and why America needs PAs. Print version.
Participate in this year’s #PAweek Photo Challenge to win a $250 grand prize and support the PA profession! Learn more.
Download this stamp
and use it as your profile picture from Oct. 6-12 this year!
Download your state stamp
that you like best and use that as your profile picture from Oct. 6-12 this year!
Download your Uniformed Services stamp and use that as your profile picture from Oct. 6-12 this year!
Download this stamp to begin celebrating the 50th anniversary of the PA profession.
Use this video
in your practice or on social media to spread awareness about your profession. Also,
Wednesday, October 12, 12-3p.m. EST. Discover new career opportunities, build your network and interact one-on-one with employers. Register today.
AAPA members can strengthen the PA voice on Capitol Hill by supporting the only federal healthcare PAC dedicated to advancing the PA profession.
Make this year’s PA Week celebration even more meaningful with a gift to the PA Foundation in honor of a peer or mentor! Create a lasting impact – pay it forward today! Donate now.
PA Week can also be a time to connect with other medical providers, researchers or administrators and increase your professional network.
Click here to plan a networking event!
PA Week is a great time to
talk to your local media
about highlighting how PAs practice medicine or the valuable roles PAs play in delivering high-quality healthcare.
Sample press release for PA employers
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You may want to co-sponsor this event with a larger institution such as a hospital, health club or community center to share expenses and responsibilities.
about who PAs are, how they work with patients and how to become one. You never know: The event might be an inspiration to someone in attendance.
One of the most effective ways to reach the public to get your opinion heard is to have your thoughts published in the newspaper by writing an
op-ed or a letter to the editor.
This could be a reading hour that emphasizes health at a library, or a fitness test at a YMCA or community center. Encouraging healthy, active lifestyles among youth shows that PAs are ambassadors of quality healthcare.
Share your organization’s PA pride by co-branding posters, magazines ads or posting a web banner to celebrate PA Week.
Download and share to educate the public about common myths of the PA profession.
Hang up a poster in your lobby, classroom, hallway or a public space.
Hang up a poster to begin celebrating the 50th anniversary of the PA profession.
Download and share to celebrate PA Week in newsletters, magazines and more. Print version.
Download and share to celebrate PA Week in newsletters, magazines and more. Print version.
#PAweek Photo Challenge
AAPA will award a grand prize of a $250 gift card to a lucky
person who participates every day during the #PAweek Photo Challenge! And this
year, look out for a special $100 bonus prize!
10/6: The Best Part
of My Day — Post a picture of what makes you happy at work, whether that’s with
a (consenting) patient, your colleagues or your favorite activity.
10/7: PA Foundation
Pay it Forward Friday! — Post a picture of yourself with your PA mentor, a peer
or someone who helped inspire you to become a PA. Don’t forget to “pay it
forward” by making
a tax-deductible gift on the PA Foundation’s PA Week donation page at www.pa-foundation.org/payitforward
10/8: What I Call
Home — Post a picture of your town, office, hospital or wherever you just feel
10/9: What I’m
doing to Celebrate PA Week — Post a picture of how you’re making PA Week
special Are throwing a party? Decorating the office with posters from PAweek.com? Or just celebrating with
friends and family?
10/10: Back to Work and Back to
School — What do you wear on Mondays? Post a photo of you at work or school in
your white coat, scrubs or streets.
10/11: PA Program Day — Post a
photo of you in class, in your school colors or with your school mascot.
10/12: Wild Wednesday! — Anything
(legal) goes as you post a picture doing something WILD!
10/13: Bonus Day: Help us
Celebrate 50 Years of PAs! — What are you doing to get ready for the 50th
Anniversary of the Profession? Post a photo of you next to any sign that says
50. It can be a speed limit sign, house address or our new 50th
Anniversary logo. Be creative and help us ring in 50 years of the PA
1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A
PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Contest begins on 12:01AM
EST October 6, 2016 and ends on October 13, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.
2. ELIGIBILITY: The AAPA #PAweek Photo Challenge
("Contest") is open to legal residents of the U.S., of whom are PAs
or PA Students. AAPA membership not required. Entries not meeting all of the
requirements stated herein will be disqualified and ineligible. All federal,
state and local rules and regulations apply.
3. RULES: Submissions must be posted via Instagram,
Twitter or Facebook, tag @aapaorg and
include "#PAweek" to be eligible to win. Submissions
must be original and submitted by a PA or PA student. Entrant is to take photos
with the contest sign and follow daily themes. Find sign here: PAweek.com
4. ENTRIES: By downloading this poster and
following the guidelines set forth on this page, participants are considered
entered into the Contest. Images are to be posted via Instagram,
Twitter or Facebook. Daily photo
guidelines are posted on one or more of the above weblinks. PHOTOS CONTAINING
HIPAA VIOLATIONS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ENTRY. The entries must be submitted
between 12:01AM EST October 6, 2016 and October 13, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.
("Contest Entry Period"). Proof of posting will not be deemed to be
proof of receipt by Sponsor. Should multiple users of the same e-mail account
enter the Contest and a dispute thereafter arises regarding the identity of the
entrant, the authorized subscriber of the e-mail account at the time of entry
will be considered the entrant. Authorized account subscriber is defined as the
natural person who is assigned an e-mail address by an internet access
provider, on-line service provider or other organization which is responsible
for assigning e-mail addresses or the domain associated with the submitted
e-mail address. Any use of robotic, automatic, programmed or like means to
enter the Contest will void all entries affected by such methods. Sponsor and
its agencies are not responsible for unauthorized human intervention, phone,
technical, network, electronic, computer, hardware or software failures,
malfunctions or disconnects of any kind, or misdirected, illegible, incomplete,
stolen, garbled, fragmented or delayed internet/e-mail computer transmissions
or network/ISP/website internet accessibility; or for inaccurate, incorrect or
incomplete capture of entry information. Sponsor reserves the right to
eliminate any entry that does not adhere to the terms and conditions of these
Official Rules at Sponsor's sole discretion and any such entry may be
5. GUIDELINES & CONTEST ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A
Contest entry must follow HIPAA laws and must not contain, show, mention, refer
or otherwise allude to any inappropriate use of AAPA brand or PA image. It may
not refer or otherwise allude to any sexually explicit or suggestive, obscene,
lewd, violent, illegal, offensive, disparaging or inappropriate words,
abbreviations, language, signs, products, symbols, political, personal and/or
religious references or statements, (including but not limited to words or
symbols that are widely considered offensive to individuals of a certain race,
ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group); must not
promote any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any particular
political agenda or message; cannot contain any personal identification, such
as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses,
without permission; cannot contain copyrighted materials owned by others
(including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images
published on or in websites, television, movies or other media) without
permission; cannot contain materials embodying the names, likenesses,
photographs, or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead, without
permission; and cannot depict, and cannot itself, be in violation of any law
and must otherwise be in compliance with these Official Rules.
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will be judged by AAPA staff or its designee ("Contest Judge"), whose
decisions are final on all matters relating to the Contest. Up to eight (8)
entries will be selected based on Contest Judge's opinion of the creativity and
originality of the photo, and adherence to contest guidelines. The potential
winners will be notified through their email account provided at time of RSVP. The
potential winners will be required to provide their full name, mailing address,
email address, age, phone number, and complete and sign an Affidavit of
Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Right Releases ("Affidavit"), and an
assignment of all rights concerning their entry, including copyrights.
Affidavit must be received by Sponsor within five (5) days of notification.
Return of any prize notification or prize as undeliverable will result in
disqualification and possible selection of an alternate winner. If a potential
winner cannot be contacted at the email address provided at the time of entry,
is contacted and does not respond as directed within time noted, refuses the
prize or is ineligible to accept the prize, the prize will be forfeited and may
be awarded to an alternate winner. The prize claimed in accordance with the
Official Rules will be awarded. An entrant is not a winner unless and until the
entrant's eligibility and the winning entry have been verified and entrant has
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Contest and the selection and validation of winner is final and binding in all
matters related to the Contest. Use of a false email account or an incorrect
mail address will disqualify an entry.
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according to photo clues week one 10/6-10/12 will be entered to win a Visa gift
card purchased by AAPA of $250. Participation only guarantees participant has
entered contest. Winner will be selected randomly among qualifying
participants. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by the Sponsor,
who reserves the right to substitute a prize in whole or in part with another
prize of comparable or greater value if the intended prize is not available for
any reason as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.
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received by patients, family or other participant. Entrant agrees to (i)
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hereafter invented, as Sponsor sees fit, including on Sponsor's and/or its
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purposes and in connection with promotion, publicity, marketing and advertising
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or other promotions by Sponsor, on a worldwide perpetual basis without any
further attribution, notification or compensation to entrant; (b) that Sponsor,
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entitled to any damages or other relief by reason of Sponsor's use or non-use
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title, and interest in and to the entry, including without limitation, all
copyrights and any other protectable rights, and a waiver of all moral rights
in the entry and its contents, and entrant agrees that the entry and its
contents will automatically become the property of Sponsor, without any
compensation to entrant. Winners consent to the use of their name, voice and/or
likenesses by the Sponsor for advertising purposes without additional
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Contest, participants and winners release Sponsor and its parents, partners,
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Here are sample Twitter messages. Remember to use the hashtag #PAweek to help get us trending on Twitter!
If you need to shorten a URL to include it in a Tweet, you can use this website:
While Twitter lets you use 140 characters, we recommend 120 characters or less to allow room for a shortened URL, the hashtag #PAweek and for the audience to retweet (re-share) your message.
Sample Facebook ideas and posts
You can also post the PA Week poster of your choice to your timeline and tag all the PAs and PA students that you know.