Molly deButts and her fellow PA students wanted to help their future colleagues, so they partnered with a local running store, fundraised online, and donated 86 pairs of clogs to healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.
Braedon Haertling, PA-C, and his wife, Chelsea, welcomed their first child during the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 changed everything for us,” he says. “Grandparents, siblings, and cousins…had to meet our little one on FaceTime.” He shared their experience and photos with AAPA.
Brittany Arnett, PA-C, has been practicing for nine years and works in pediatrics in Clayton, Georgia. She started discussing COVID-19 with her colleagues in late January, weeks before it reached her small town. “This is the most memorable moment in my career,” she says.
AAPA is hearing from many PAs who want to offer their skills and abilities during the COVID-19 crisis but aren’t sure exactly how to help. Here is information and several suggested resources, whether you are a currently practicing PA, retiree, or a student.
Hunter Gibbs, a second-year PA student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham shared with AAPA how COVID-19 upended his clinical rotations, the uncertainty he and other students suddenly faced, and how he found a way to help.
During COVID-19 Pandemic, AAPA calls on Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration leadership to permanently ensure the VA’s PA workforce is empowered to practice to the top of their education, training and experience.
In a letter sent to all 50 governors, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urged governors to extend the capacity of their states’ healthcare workforces, including PAs, to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated another round of regulatory relief on March 30 aimed at increasing the ability of PAs, other health professionals and hospitals to deliver needed care to patients during the COVID-19 crisis.