National PA Week takes place each year from Oct. 6–12 to celebrate the profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. Before it was a week-long event, National PA Day was first celebrated on October 6, 1987, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class of PAs from the Duke University PA program. October 6 is also the birthday of the profession’s founder, Eugene A. Stead, Jr., MD ( Emory alumni and prior Dean of the Emory School of Medicine in 1946). For more on the profession’s history, visit the PA History Society.
Emory PA students celebrated the week with a blood donation drive, information tables for undergraduate Emory students, a Be the Match - Marrow donation registry and, service to the patients at CHOA - Egelston Children's hospital.
America’s more than 108,500 certified PAs are a powerful force for better health for millions of patients across the country. Consistently recognized as one of the best professions in America, PAs also represent one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation. Because of PAs, the healthcare system is stronger. Because of PAs, more patients get access to high-quality, cost-effective care.
Celebrating half a century of care.
This year the PA profession celebrates 50 years of dedicated service.