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Wisconsin PAs Gear Up for PA Week

Monday, October 3, 2016  
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Each year from Oct. 6-12, PAs all over the country celebrate the profession and the amazing things PAs do to help patients every day.

The PA profession started in 1966 as a way to put highly trained medics returning home from The Vietnam War to work addressing the healthcare provider shortage. The same spirit of exceedingly skilled and dedicated individuals lives on in this the 50th anniversary of the profession, and continues to employ many Veterans.

In recognition of PA Week, PA students, employers, patients and friends of the profession celebrate and recognize the hard-working people in this essential and fast-growing profession. Practicing PAs and PA students across Wisconsin will be promoting their profession in the work setting and the public through family, friends and patients. For example, the PA training program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be holding a breakfast on October 10 to thank local PAs. And, students at the Concordia University-Wisconsin PA Program will be volunteering at Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee, and hosting an anatomy trivia session at a local high school.PAs are a powerful force for affordably increasing access to health care for millions of patients across the country. PAs are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine, prescribe medication, diagnose and treat illnesses, and assist in surgery in every medical and surgical specialty and setting in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories.PAs practice medicine in a collaborative team model with physicians and other health care professionals. PAs often work in areas where it is hard or impossible to recruit enough physicians to cover the needs of the community. Wisconsin has over 2,250 PAs with 37% working in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine; 29% in Surgical Specialties, 11% in Emergency Medicine, and 23% in other specialties.

The Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants annually recognizes Wisconsin’s PA of the Year in conjunction with PA week. The award is bestowed upon an outstanding physician assistant who demonstrates excellence in service to patients and the community, promotes awareness of the role PAs have in the delivery of healthcare, and bolsters workforce development by educating potential future PAs. The 2016 award recipient will be honored at the WAPA Foundation Annual Awards Dinner and PA Week Celebration, Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI.

Established in 1976, the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants (WAPA) provides comprehensive advocacy for the PA profession. Representing over 1,000 members, WAPA works to advance careers for current and future PAs, and enhance patient care by promoting awareness and education of the physician assistant’s integral role on the healthcare team. WAPA is a constituent chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.  Visit the WAPA website (link) To learn more about Physician Assistants and WAPA.


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