Every year, starting on October 6th through October 12th, is National PA week! Before it was a weeklong event, National PA Day was celebrated every year on October 6th, 1987 in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class of PAs. October 6th is also the birthday of the profession’s founder, Eugene A. Stead Jr., M.D.

As I’m sure many of you know, I am attending college at Grand Valley State University, enrolled in their Pre-P.A. program, studying to become a Physician Assistant! I also am working at a hospital as a Patient Care Tech, experiencing different medical situations everyday, all while helping and caring for people, and their medical needs. Even though I love helping and caring for people, working at the hospital is helping me get patient-contact hours for when I apply to PA school. It’s so nice to be able to have the education I’m receiving at Grand Valley, while working hands-on and practicing what I am learning.

Physician Assistant’s are very, very hardworking medical professionals and every year, PA week has a theme and this year’s theme is “PAs are essential.” This is so true, especially for what is happening all around us in the world today. So, make sure to thank all medical professionals and healthcare workers, especially PAs!