PA is About to Get a New Meaning

Physician Assistant to Physician Associate Name Change

 Have you heard, the Physician Assistant profession is about to become the Physician Associate profession. Learn more about the change here.

Frequently Asked Questions related to the name change have been developed and will be updated regularly. Visit the link to learn more.

 Do you have questions about the title change? You can email your questions to

Congratulations to all USPHS 2021 Promoted PAs

Selected for Captain (O-6)

CAPT Deborah Bishop

CAPT John Gibbons

CAPT Daniel Goldstein

CAPT Thomas Janisko

CAPT Karen Russell

CAPT Darin Wiegers

Promoted to Lieutenant Commander (O-4)

LCDR Mandeep Singh

Participate in a Physician Assistant Study
Have any of your clinicians completed an onboarding program in primary care in the last four years? The Duke Physician Assistant Research Group is currently seeking participants (physician assistants and nurse practitioners) for a study. You will find more information here. This is a HRSA-funded health workforce research center study.

The 2022 AAPA Conference will be in Indianapolis, Indiana 

A call for presentations is open until 31 July 2021. To learn more visit the AAPA website.

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The PHSAPA is a constituent chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).The PHSAPA is the national organization for active duty and retired Physician Assistant Officers of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG).  We also represent civilian Physician Assistants who are employed within the federal government.

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