American Academy of Physician Assistants

Professional Ethics

Economic pressures of the health care system, technological advances and changing patient demographics continually transform the landscape in which PAs practice. Although the fundamental principles underlying the ethical care of patients have not changed, the societal framework in which those principles are applied has.

Each situation is unique. Individual PAs must use their best judgment in a given situation while considering the perspectives of the patient and physician partners.

The Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the PA Profession (PDF) was written by PAs for PAs. This ethics manual outlines the fundamental principles of the profession and describes ways in which the principles might apply in professional life.

As the representative organization of the PA profession, AAPA is committed to high professional ideals and respect for the public interest.  AAPA policies include standards of conduct and systems for disciplinary action. AAPA automatically revokes an individual's AAPA membership if the member has had his or her license revoked as the result of a final adjudicated disciplinary action.