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Physician Assistant Day, or PA Day, is a celebration of those who assist doctors in their work. This important event, begun by the American Academy of Physicians’ Assistants, aims to raise awareness of the PA profession, and inform people about healthy living.

Physician assistants are essential for the smooth running of hospitals and performing of healthcare. Many medical establishments are in need of more people to enter the profession, and one of the main aims of PA Day is to get this message across, encouraging people to consider assistance as a career.

PA Day kicks off PA Week by celebrating PAs and the amazing work they do. The profession decided several years ago to shorten the name from physician assistant to PA. PAs practice and prescribe medication on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the uniformed services. Today there are more than 115,500 PAs in the U.S.

The PA profession is projected to grow 30 percent by 2024 to meet the needs of our aging population. PA Week is sponsored by the American Academy of PAs to call attention how PAs serve their patients.

One way to celebrate is by joining PAs on the Plaza outside the Today’s Show studio at Rockefeller Plaza. Other PAs are celebrating in different ways in their communities. Go to