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There is a great deal of benefit early in your quest to become a Physician Assistant (PA) to getting involved in as many industry groups and Physician Assistant Associations as you can. They can connect you with whats going on in your profession, they sponsor educational and networking events, publish incredible magazines, keep up with laws effecting the PA profession and collect statistics about your Physician Assistant Career such as salary info, advanced education, and working conditions.
If you are getting near graduation or just want to get the most information you can join one of the following as soon as possible and get the publications. Also if possible attend one of the conventions to see the vendors and meet others who already work in the industry to get a feel for trends and to help decide on your Physician Assistant career path.
Some of the primary organizations that you will want to contact are:
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT ASSOCIATIONS
AAPA – American Academy of Physician Assistants – The premier site with student and entry level memberships for $75 annually. The benefits of being a member are:
AFPPA – Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants, If you are are thinking of being in a general practice or primary care physicians office this is the only association entirely devoted to the industry. Primary Care physicians represent the largest area of employment for physician assistants. The annual fee is $120 per year. Student Members only pay $25.
Some of the benefits are:
Make sure you check for your regional state Physician assistant associations also. They are easily found with a quick web search. All states have regional physician assistant associations and can be some of the best sources of special information regarding education, insurance, and legal requirements where you plan to work.