National Physician Assistant (PA) Week, celebrated annually from October 6-12, recognizes the PA profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. PAs are medical professionals who can diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.
Johnson & Wales University has graduated three classes since its opening in 2014. The program’s fourth class of students is currently on their clinical rotations throughout Rhode Island, and the fifth class of students is busy in the classroom learning all aspects of patient care.
Do you know why National PA Week is celebrated from October 6-12 every year? Before it was a weeklong event, National PA Day was celebrated on October 6, 1987, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class of PAs from Duke University. October 6 is also the birthday of the profession’s founder, Eugene A. Stead Jr., M.D.