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The history and role of PAs in the US Coast Guard

The role of physician assistants (PAs) in the US Coast Guard is to provide healthcare to uniformed members of the armed services and their dependents (Figures 1 and 2). The Coast Guard is a branch of the US Armed Forces and performs domestic and international missions. During peacetime, it operates under the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but may come under the Department of the Navy during times of war. PAs in the Coast Guard serve as a part of a broad healthcare team.  Read the full article here

AAPA to Take Next Steps Toward Creating New PA Certifying Body

19 Jul 2016 1:29 AM | Anonymous

Dear Constituent Organization Leaders:

We want to apprise you of the following developments.  This message will be posted on social media and our AAPA website later today. 

HEADLINE:  AAPA to Take Next Steps Toward Creating New PA Certifying Body

At its July meeting, the AAPA Board of Directors unanimously voted to take the following action:

“AAPA will take the next steps toward establishing a new certifying organization by gathering more information and developing the necessary documents. “

“The changes to the recertification process proposed by NCCPA would have such a significant detrimental impact on PA practice and patient access to care that the AAPA Board decided it would be prudent to begin the work necessary to establish a new certifying body,” said AAPA President and Board Chair Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna®RMT, DFAAPA.  “Of course, we continue to hope that NCCPA will accept our invitation, which was extended after the May HOD meeting and again after our most recent Board meeting, to discuss its recertification exam proposal with us directly, board-to-board.” 

 Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our CEO, Jenna Dorn ( or 571.319.4301) or BOD Chair Josanne Pagel (

It is important to understand, and to communicate to PAs who ask, the following information: 

  • This Board action is the next step in exploring and gathering information about establishing a new certifying body.  It will be a thorough and thoughtful process.
  • This announcement in no way changes the current CME, certification or recertification, process -- PAs should continue to prepare for and comply with NCCPA's requirements.
  • More information about why AAPA believes NCCPA's proposed changes will be detrimental to PAs and the profession can be found on the AAPA News Center:

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