Why This, Why Now?

The Physician Assistant Education Association is hosting a two-day summit to convene a diverse group of stakeholders from PA education, the health care sector, and health professions education.

The invited stakeholders are leaders in their field and include a diverse array of clinicians, health care administrators, educators, government officials, insurers, students, and patient representatives. The summit will provide a platform to facilitate a discussion on the skills and knowledge new graduates are going to need to be successful among these participants as they address the future of PA education in the changing health care landscape.

Our Goal?

To ensure tight alignment between PA education and practice. We believe the best way to achieve this goal is to learn from the clinicians and educators who are the most knowledgeable about the new realities of clinical practice. The insights gained during the summit will inform the development of a set of PA graduate competencies that will be relevant to the needs of the health care workforce today and in the future.

To Communicate

To gain an understanding of what patients, families, and communities need from health care providers so educators can prepare students for success today and in the future.

To Collaborate

To provide a platform for a national dialogue where leaders can have a discussion about what PA graduates are going to need to be ready for practice.

To Innovate

To help ensure our educational efforts are aligned with the needs of clinical practice, and ensure PA education keeps pace with the ever-evolving health care landscape.

Special Thanks

Since this summit is meant to find alignment between education and practice, the national organizations that represent PA education and practice believe it’s important to explore this endeavor together. PAEA would like to thank the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) for their continued support for and involvement in the summit. We hope that this summit will serve as a model for continued partnership and synergy that will have major positive impacts on education and practice.

We don’t want to be irrelevant; we want to be ahead of the pack. We want to be seen as a profession that is on the cutting edge of educational trends.

Stephane VanderMeulen, MPAS, PA-C, PAEA President

More About PAEA and the Summit

Our great national purpose is to strengthen and further develop the system that educates PAs by preparing them to deal with the changing health care environment and ensuring that our educational system continues to anticipate and plan for future health care needs.

Outcomes from the summit will not only help us develop PA graduate competencies that are aligned with the current realities of practice, but the summit also will allow us to continue to bolster the PA educational system and enhance our students’ readiness.


PAEA Strategic Plan

This is only the beginning

The summit is but a punctuating point in a broader effort. Following the summit, we will release a comprehensive report that highlights emerging themes and recommendations for future work.

But the information gathered at the summit will also establish a call-to-action, with a few key recommendations that will serve as the foundation of a roadmap for PA education design and delivery.

We hope to use the summit recommendations and insights to help guide our member programs in the development of authentic learning experiences that help prepare students for the realities of clinical practice.