MCPHS PA students celebrate National Physcian Assistant Week

MCPHS Celebrates National #PAweek 2016

October 08, 2016

  • At Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), we are proud to be supporters of the PA profession, and we appreciate all that PAs do to positively impact the healthcare field.

    This week, we celebrate National PA Week, which is hosted by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and is recognized each year from October 6-10. This is an important time when we celebrate the PA profession and its contributions to the nation's health.

    The MPAS Class of 2018 and 2019 from our Boston campus gathered to take a group picture in the shape of "PA," an inspiring moment of community. On our Manchester campus, faculty and staff from the School of Physician Assistant Studies hosted a PA Week breakfast for students.

    America’s more than 108,500 certified PAs are a powerful force for better health for millions of patients across the country. Because of PAs, more patients get access to high-quality, cost-effective care.

    Did you know that PA is consistently recognized as one of the best professions in America for both salary and job satisfaction? In fact, a 2015 AAPA study found that more than 96 percent of PAs would recommend their career to others.

    We offer Physician Assistant programs to meet the growing demand for one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation. On our Worcester and Manchester campuses, students with a previously earned bachelor's degree are getting the training they need to become a PA in just 24 months of year-round training.

    Inspiring Quotes from the MCPHS PA Community:

    "The PA profession is really ours to mold." - Clarissa Ronzio, MPAS '18

    "Consider a career as a physician assistant if you love people, problem solving, and if you desire a challenging, yet rewarding and flexible career." - Michelle Higgins PA-C, MPAS '12

    "We have so many natural born leaders in the PA program that have already done some pretty amazing things. It really inspires you to be the best that you can be." - Amanda (AJ) Doucette, MPAS '18

    "My favorite part of being in the ER is helping others when they are in need. I love the sense of teamwork and camaraderie." - Robert S. CitKovic PA-C, MPAS '12