The Physician Assistant Education Association is the only national organization in the United States representing physician assistant (PA) educational programs. Topics include: What is a PA? Applying to PA Programs; and PA Programs Directory.
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is the only national organization that represents physician assistants (PAs) in all specialties and all employment settings. Its membership also includes physician assistant students and supporters of the profession. AAPA’s mission is to provide quality, cost-effective, and accessible health care as well as to support the professional and personal development of PAs.
The mission of the Student Academy within AAPA is to foster the personal and professional development of physician assistant students, encourage educational excellence, and advocate for student and professional issues.
The Association of Postgraduate PA Programs is a resource for both PAs and PA students seeking postgraduate education.
Physician Associate/Assistant World provides contact information for specialty and subspecialty organizations for PAs, for example, the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants. There is also information about state academies.
ExploreHEALTHCareers.org is a multi-disciplinary website that provides career information on a broad array of health professions. The website is a joint initiative involving national foundations, professional associations, health career advisors, educational institutions and college students. The website addresses the under-representation of minorities in the workforce and the lack of health professionals in medically underserved communities.
Under Female Health Systems, there is a page for Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants. Scholarship information is at the IHS Scholarship page.
Lifeworks: Explore Health and Medical Science Careers, which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education, includes descriptions of over 100 careers. For each career there is information about education, income, job outlook and needed skills and abilities. One or more interviews with a health professional are featured.
The “Physicians and Surgeons” section of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website includes the nature of the work, needed training, employment, job outlook, projects, earnings, and wages.
Winds of Change is an American Indian-published magazine focusing on careers and educational advancement for Native people. The magazine is published quarterly by AISES Publishing Inc. In addition, the Annual College Guide for American Indians & Native Alaskans/Hawaiians is published yearly.