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Physician Assistants (PAs) are medically trained to provide high quality health care, treat illnesses, plan prevention strategies, and write prescriptions. PAs practice medicine as part of a physician-directed medical team, and over 2,000 PAs in Georgia are making health care more accessible every day.

PAs often provide patients with quality medical care faster, and can dedicate more time to answering patients' questions and educating them on health issues. These medical professionals are helping patients become more satisfied with their health providers than ever. In fact, studies conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research found patient satisfaction levels with PAs high, ranging in the 90th percentile.

The Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) promotes high quality, cost-effective, accessible health care as part of a physician-directed PA/physician team. GAPA assists PAs in professional growth and represents the PA profession in Georgia.


PA Week Press Release

America Needs PAs ATLANTA, GA, October 6th, 2013- National Physician Assistant Week is October 6th through October 12th, 2013. For over 40 years, Physician Assistants (PAs) have teamed up with doctors to provide more readily accessible care while maintaining the quality and reliability patients deserve. From Dr. Stead’s first 3 PA...

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GAPA Recognizes 2012 Physician Assistant Service Award Winners

Atlanta, GA, July 17, 2012 – The Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) presented the 2012 GAPA awards for leadership and outstanding service on July 10 at its 37th Annual Summer CME Conference and Exhibition in Sandestin, FL. The Association bestowed its top awards to Georgia Physician Assistants (PAs)...

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GAPA Welcomes Brad Cohen to Summer Conference

Award Winning Teacher and Acclaimed Author to Address Physician Assistants Atlanta, GA, June 28, 2012- Living with Tourette Syndrome can be a challenge, but Brad Cohen believes he has overcome his disability by living life to its fullest. The Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) is pleased to welcome the...

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Physician Assistants to “Prescribe” Healthy Hikes in Ga. State Parks

ATLANTA, GA, February 3, 2012 — Everyone knows that exercise is one key to being healthy, but not everyone enjoys going to the gym. Georgia’s State Park system has teamed up with the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) to make healthy living a bit more fun. Through the...

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New Law and Policy Benefits Georgia Physician Assistants and Patients

Atlanta, GA – May 18, 2011 – The Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) is pleased to report two significant developments that will benefit both Physician Assistants (PAs) and the patients they serve. GAPA’s Legislative and Governmental Affairs (LGA) Committee marked the completion of a successful effort this past...

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Connect with Better Health: Is Hypertension Silently Killing You?

Atlanta, GA – April 21, 2011 – Getting a blood pressure check is part of the routine most patients understand they’ll undergo when they visit their healthcare provider. But some patients, especially those who seem to be healthy, may not routinely see their provider. Therefore, their high blood pressure,...

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Georgia Physician Assistants Applaud the Passage of HB 303

Atlanta, GA – April 13, 2011 – The Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) is applauding the Georgia General Assembly for its passage of House Bill (HB) 303, the GAPA bill to amend the Physician Assistant (PA) Act. The bill was passed last night, near the end of the...

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Georgia Physician Assistant Addresses National Conference on Hotbed Health Care Issues

Atlanta, GA, March 24, 2011 – Georgia physician assistant Ben Taylor, PA-C, PhD., addressed a national gathering of the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants (AFPPA) today, concerning simplifying the administrative process in health care that often hinders patients from receiving the treatments they need. Taylor was chosen to...

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Georgia Physician Assistants Strive To Educate Public during PA Month

The Georgia Association of Physicians Assistants is celebrating National Physician Assistants Week October 6-12 with a host of activities that will extend throughout the month. Representing 2500 PAs across Georgia, GAPA is also a strong advocate of patient health literacy and has launched two public service campaigns during October....

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Physician Assistants Play Integral Role in the Health Care Process

When a person finds himself or herself sick or injured, they typically evaluate their condition. Many times, the person concludes that while emergency care isn’t necessary, a trip to the doctor is in order. But what happens when a physician is so overbooked that he or she won’t be...

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