National Physician Assistant Day is dedicated to recognizing and appreciating the work of those who are often in the background but are integral to the medical profession.
Physician Assistants (PA) are medically trained professionals who can, under the supervision of a doctor, evaluate patients, diagnose and treat illnesses, and order and interpret laboratory tests. They can also take part in public health events, providing information to different groups of people.
The field of PA began in 1967, when the first class of PAs graduated from Duke University due to a shortage of medical staff. Following the first certification examination in 1973, PAs spread across all 50 states of the USA by the year 2000.
- PAs are required to take continuing medical education courses every few years.
- The number of PAs has increased by 300% since the profession began.
- PAs are qualified to conduct physical examinations and many other medical procedures.
How to take part
To participate in National Physician Assistant Day, consider thanking a PA for their hard work. If possible, you can also order flowers or a delicious lunch for the staff. Additionally, you can spread the word about this profession to children and adults who may not be aware of its existence.
When is National Physician Assistant Day in 2023?
National Physician Assistant Day is observed on October 6 each year.