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National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)12/21/2016
December 2016 Newsletter

Message from the President/CEO

Update Your Professional Profile Before Year End

Certification Maintenance Requirements Due This Year?

Deadline Approaching to Nominate a PA Who Is Making a Difference

Celebrate the Holidays by Applying for $1,000 Grant Funding

The PA History Society Welcomes New Trustees


Message from the President/CEO

As 2016 draws to a close, I want to say thank you.

Thank you to the hundreds of PAs who have taken time out of your own busy schedules this year to travel to Johns Creek, Georgia, to contribute in critical ways to the exam development and certification design process.

Thank you to outgoing board chair Denni Woodmansee and to the other members of our Board who have devoted countless volunteer hours supporting NCCPA and those we certify.

Also, thanks to each of you, the Certified PAs who represent our profession and the PA-C credential with professional pride, integrity and commitment to high standards; as you make a positive impact on the lives of millions of patients - week in and week out. You are what makes our profession great!

From all of us at NCCPA to all of you, we wish you a joyous holiday season and a new year marked by good health, success, and prosperity.

Warm regards,

Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D., PA-C

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Update Your Professional Profile Before Year End

If you haven’t updated your PA Professional Profile in your online record at, please do so now. This information provides the most accurate, detailed information on the PA profession – where and how PAs are practicing today. If you’ve ever wondered how your experience as a certified PAs compares to that of your peers, once you complete your professional profile at your record, you will have access to reports that will compare your profile responses to those of all certified PAs, to PAs in your state, to PAs in your specialty, and to PAs who are in your state and specialty. These reports will show you comparisons in the areas of salary, years in practice, hours practiced per week, and more.

To access the reports, or complete or update your profile, click on the “My Professional Profile” tab in the left-hand menu bar of your online record.

Please don’t delay: complete your profile today!

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Certification Maintenance Requirements Due This Year?

Now’s the time to wrap up any outstanding 2016 certification maintenance requirements. View your “to do” list by signing in to your online record.

You will see that records have been updated to reflect the additional weighting assigned to self-assessment and PI-CME activities, and we began updating PAs’ certification status for the next two-year cycle on Dec. 17. Updates will continue nightly through Dec. 31 for those who complete requirements.

If you have any questions about your certification maintenance requirements or records, please contact us at 678-417-8100 or

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Deadline Approaching to Nominate a PA Who Is Making a Difference

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the PA profession, NCCPA and the nccPA Health Foundation want to recognize the many ways Certified PAs make a difference in the lives of patients, students and the communities they serve.

We will profile 50 of those PAs online during 50 weeks of celebration in 2017, recognizing them as examples of the many ways Certified PAs are demonstrating that when it comes to high quality health care, promoting wellness, saving and changing lives… #PAsDoThat!

It's quick and easy to nominate someone you know. Just click and answer a few short questions. Nominations are due by Dec 31, 2016.

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Celebrate the Holidays by Applying for $1,000 in Grant Funding to Be the CHANGE in Your Community in 2017

The nccPA Health Foundation is pleased to announce 2017 funding for its “Be the CHANGE” grants program to Create Health Access Now for Greater Equity.  

In the program’s inaugural year, the Foundation has equipped PAs and students to expand access and promote equity through work with the Ronald McDonald House, health screenings at local foodbanks, international medical mission trips, foot care clinics, and other PA- and student-run clinics for the homeless and underserved communities.  

“The Foundation believes passionately that certified PAs are critical to ensuring high quality, accessible health care, and the funded projects demonstrate the diverse and varied impact that PAs can have in their communities,” said Foundation Board Chair Cynthia B. Lord, MHS,  


Underscoring the need for that outreach, on September 30, 2016, the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) reported staggering numbers of people who live in areas where it is difficult to access primary medical care (more than 62.6 million), dental care (more than 50.7 million), and mental health care (more than 102.5 million).  

Lord added, “The HRSA numbers suggest that there are still vast opportunities for PAs to take a leadership role in expanding access and reducing health disparities, and the Foundation is pleased to partner with PAs and students who are providing patient education, screenings, or delivering care to those who might not otherwise have access to it.”

Certified PAs, PA organizations, and PA students may apply for funding; and activities may take place within PA-, community-based, or other social organizations. Applications will be considered as they are received and awarded based on merit in amounts up to $1,000 until all funds are expended.  

Are you ready to CHANGE? Review the grant guidelines, and apply to make a difference in your community.  

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The PA History Society Welcomes New Trustees:

  • Courtney Amburgey, PA Student

    Ms. Amburgey is a second-year PA student at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Virginia.

  • Leslie A. Kole, PA-C

    Ms. Kole is a clinical practicing PA with over 30 years of experience, and also the founding editor of JAAPA.

  • Maha B. Lund, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

    Dr. Lund is the current Program Director at the Emory University School of Medicine, and she has 15 years of clinical and academia experience.

Honor Veteran & Uniformed Services PAs this Holiday Season by Donating to the Veterans Memorial Garden

The PAHx continues to raise funds for the Veterans Memorial Garden located at the Stead Center, a site that honors the contributions made by former and current military PAs to the PA profession. In addition to accepting tax-deductible monetary donations, the Society has also established a “buy an engraved paver” program with the Bricks R Us Company. The tax deductible 9x9 inch brick pavers, which honor PA veterans and PAs on active duty in the Uniformed Services, can be purchased online here. The engraved paver will include the appropriate uniformed service logo and 3 lines for name, branch and years of service. The pavers are a great way for PAs to honor their PA veteran colleagues, especially those who are no longer with us. For more information about this project, please visit our website, or write to us at

Veterans Garden

Three ways to order your tax-deductible brick(s):

1.  Visit the PAHx website at:

2.  Visit the PAHx Veterans Garden Paver page at Bricks R Us Website:

3. Email the following information to the PAHx at:


Be sure to "like" PA History on Facebook to receive weekly updates and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. The Society also recently launched a Blog, check it out!


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At NCCPA, we work to promote the role, impact and qualifications of Certified PAs in many ways including through the media. Recent publicity includes:

  • A blog in Physicians Practice by Michelle Gordon-Canning, PA-C, on How to Help Cardiovascular Patients Change their Lifestyle.

  • Promotion of Certified PAs to the general public and insurers in ads in USA Today, AARP online and SmartBrief (a publication for America’s Health Insurance Plans).

Want to get involved? If you have a great article idea or a story to share, contact PR manager, Mary Rittle, at

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