Four National PA Orgs Approve Updated Competencies for the PA Profession

Physician Assistant Education Association (08/17/21) Bondy, Mary Jo

The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), American Academy of Physician Assistants, Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, and National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants have agreed to adopt revised Competencies for the PA profession. The guiding principles behind the update emphasize PAs' career-long pursuit of self- and professional development; the competencies' relevance to all PAs; an ultimate focus on patient care; respect for past knowledge without overlooking the evolving healthcare landscape; and prioritizing the good of the profession over self-interest. The revisions expand to seven the covered PA domains: Knowledge for Practice, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Person-centered Care, Interprofessional Collaboration, Professional Ethics, Practice-based Learning and Quality Improvement, and Society and Population Health. In addition, the updates highlight interprofessional collaboration, leadership, and advocacy skills. PAEA urges member programs to use the New Graduate Competencies to guide curriculum development and assessment decisions and produce learning experiences that mirror the modern healthcare environment. The Competencies of the PA Profession, meanwhile, will help PAs understand critical lifelong knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

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