Posts, Likes and Tweets Made #PAweek Sweet!
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PAs posing for Photo Challenge

This year’s PA Week (Oct. 6-12) was one of the most active on social media yet.

Students and PA-Cs across the country entered our first-ever photo challenge, hosted charity events at their institutions and shared our infographic detailing how PAs practice medicine.

Here’s a snapshot of all the different ways students, programs and PA-Cs chose to celebrate.

#PAweek Photo Challenge

Our #PAweek Photo Challenge was a big success.

Each day, PAs and students shared photos with our Photo Challenge sign that matched a daily theme.

Throughout the two weeks of the challenge, we saw hundreds of photos posted to Facebook and Instagram.

MUSC Group Program PhotoIn addition to the primary Photo Challenge, students could enter a photo of their program to win a $250 Panera gift card. We received some great posts from lots of creative students!

From Sept. 29 – Oct. 12, across our social media channels, we saw more than 300 photos from PA-Cs and PA students showing their spirit, pride and excitement as they celebrated PA Week.

We were thrilled to see that the PA Week Loves Poster used for the Photo Challenge was one of the most downloaded items throughout PA Week.

#PAweek charity events

In honor of PA Week, students held health events on their campuses and in their communities, promoted healthcare literacy and raised awareness of the PA profession.

  • Wagner College’s PA Program in Staten Island, N.Y., held a fundraiser and raised more than $1,500 toward supplies for their medical aid trip to Guatemala scheduled for January 2015.
  • Barry University’s PA Program provided bicycle safety and promoted the PA profession in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
  • Methodist University’s PA Program in Fayetteville N.C., conducted a health fair on campus and passed out information on sexually transmitted infection prevention.
  • The University of South Dakota PA Program spent a day cleaning up a highway close to campus.
  • Duke University PA students and faculty clocked more than 300 service hours in one day at multiple sites to kick off PA Week. The photo below is from their service project at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Durham, N.C.

Duke University PA students at food bank
PAs Practice Medicine infographic

Almost 223,000 saw our infographic on Facebook about the PA profession, posted on Oct. 6 to kick off PA Week.

The numbers continue to pile up as people download the Infographic and share it on their own networks.

The infographic was also pitched to thousands of media outlets and appeared on hundreds of web pages through news wires and other national press releases.

Stay involved

We want to thank everyone for a great PA Week!

Don’t forget to follow us on:

And feel free to use our PA Week resources throughout the year to promote your profession and educate your patients.

Sarah Sonies is AAPA manager of online communications.

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