On Oct. 26, about 70 PAs who work at Duke came together for the first Duke PA Summit, a day of collaboration, networking and education for, by, and about all PAs employed at Duke. The event was hosted by the newly formed Office for the Promotion of PA Practice (OPPAP), which was founded this year in the PA Division of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.
PAs at Duke practice in any number of clinical locations, including Duke’s three hospitals, PDC clinics, hospital-based clinics and more, while some also teach in the Duke Physician Assistant Program and precept PA students, as well. A major objective of OPPAP is to build a nexus for collaboration among PA education, PA clinical practice, and PA research at Duke.
“There are about 500 PAs employed within the Duke enterprise,” says Patricia McKelvey Dieter, MPA, PA-C, division chief, Duke PA Division. “At the birthplace of the PA profession, we want to ensure that PAs are satisfied, recognized, and valued and have long and evolving careers within Duke.”
The PA profession was originated at Duke in 1965 by Eugene A. Stead, Jr. The two-year training program, recognized as the No. 1 program in the nation, graduated its first class of three former U.S. Navy corpsmen in 1967, and now graduates up to 90 students per year.
Any PAs at Duke interested in continued opportunities with OPPAP are encouraged to contact Pat Dieter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
View a gallery of photos from the PA Summit.