American Academy of Physician Associates Launches Program to Increase Diversity in the Field

The American Academy of Physician Associates has launched a new initiative called PAthways, which aims to increase diversity within the physician associate (PA) field. The program is funded by Pfizer.

PAthways will include two outreach efforts to better address minority representation in the PA field. The program plans to raise awareness and interest in the field among freshman and sophomore college students at minority-serving institutions across the country. Additionally, the initiative will provide seniors and recent graduates of color with mentoring and shadowing opportunities.

“Increasing the representation of healthcare providers from historically marginalized communities is of utmost importance for improving health outcomes in all patients,” said Jennifer M. Orozco, chief medical officer of the American Academy of Physician Associates.

In its initial year post launch, the program hopes to connect with over 2,000 students of color. The American Academy of Physician Associates plans to partner with leaders from constituent organizations, including the African Heritage PA Caucus, to promote and facilitate the program over the next two years.

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