PA Week 2022 Kicks off With PAs on Not One, however Two Morning Present Plazas
Almost 500 PAs and PA College students Symbolize the Occupation on Nationwide TV
October 6, 2022
PAs on the Plaza has grow to be a staple PA Week occasion, and this yr, served as an thrilling kick off to PA Week 2022. This morning, on Thursday, October 6, greater than 450 PAs and PA college students traveled to New York Metropolis to flood Rockefeller Heart and NBC’s TODAY Present, and – for the primary time within the historical past of the occasion – ABC’s Good Morning America plaza, too.
This yr, AAPA determined to amplify our presence and messaging by having a big presence at two morning present plazas with the intention to increase consciousness of the PA occupation to individuals throughout the nation.
PAs on the Plaza is persistently fashionable with PA college students, and this yr was no completely different. Among the many many PA applications represented included native applications like Wagner College, Stony Brook College, Mercy School, Rugters College, Hofstra College, and Arcadia College. College students from ATSU Central Coast in California finishing their rotations within the Bronx additionally took the chance to take part within the occasion whereas on the East Coast.
Not all individuals have been native. Two Texas PAs who work at MD Anderson – Barbara Slusher, MSW, PA-C and Cherie Plouff, DMSc, PA-C – who occurred to be passing by means of New York, made a degree to seem on the plaza this morning. “We’re so excited to have the ability to advocate for our occupation,” Slusher says. Plouff provides, “After 20 years, I lastly made it [to PAs on the Plaza]!”
Different training PAs, too, turned out to visibly symbolize and advocate for the occupation. PAs Lolito Simmons, Kelly Suarez, and Karen Belleh from Memorial Sloan Kettering Most cancers Heart additionally appeared on the Good Morning America plaza.
Contributors embraced creating inventive indicators to unfold the message about PA Week and PAs Go Past, together with: “I aorta let you know about PAs,” “Can’t wait tibia a PA,” and “Good morning America – Your PA can see you.”
A gaggle of scholars from CUNY York School held an indication with the hashtag #LatinosinMedicine. “We need to deliver consciousness to what PAs do. It’s an increasing area, and we wish individuals to know that,” says pupil Arline Exine. Her classmate Mackenzie Godoy echoed this sentiment.
“We’re excited to be right here and lift consciousness of the occupation,” Godoy says.
After filling into the TODAY Present plaza, individuals have been rewarded for his or her persistence when anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Al Roker, and Craig Melvin got here out to the plaza to greet PAs and take photos. A gaggle of scholars from Stony Brook College captured a selfie with Hoda, pictured under.
Stony Brook PA Program Affiliate Professor Lynn Timko-Swaim, MS, PA-C, says, “I’m pleased to be with our college students from Stony Brook to have a good time Nationwide PA Week and present our help for PAs throughout the nation. And to help our many different applications.”
Among the many over 50 college students who traveled from Rutgers College was Rachel Sarracco, who skilled PAs on the Plaza for the primary time. “I simply need everybody to know in regards to the wonderful issues PAs do for his or her sufferers,” she says.
The overwhelming PA turnout at each plazas didn’t go unnoticed by the hosts of Good Morning America or the TODAY Present.
“Do you hear that? This crowd that we’ve got outdoors is right here for Doctor Assistant Week. They’re school college students from all around the nation coaching to be PAs. We’re so grateful for what they need to do,” says anchor Robin Roberts.
On the TODAY Present, Al Roker led a digicam pan across the plaza to seize the dimensions of the gang. “These doctor assistants, wow!” he remarked over the cheers of the gang. You possibly can view dwell footage from each plazas right here.
PAs on the Plaza is only one option to unfold the phrase about how PAs Go Past – keep updated with AAPA’s social media channels and go to our web site to be taught extra about how you can take part this yr!
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