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PA Policy Makers in 44 States and DC Continue to Improve PA Scope of Practice -Read More

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New York Times and US News and World Reports Highlights PAs - Read More

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Physician Assistants More Than Double in a Decade
August 12, 2014......

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What is a Physician Assistant (PA)?

Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs employed by the federal government are credentialed to practice. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and in most states can write prescriptions. PAs are trained in intensive education programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Because of the close working relationship the PAs ..more

Welcome to the 
RIAPA’s website.
Physician assistants are health care professionals who are licensed to practice medicine in collaboration with physicians. PAs have become an integral part of the medical team over the years, offering increased access to high quality health care for the patient.

We are a professional organization that serves the PA community in Rhode Island. We provide resources for professional development and advocate for public policy issues affecting both the PA profession and the patients we serve.

Please use our website as an informational tool for updates on legislation, membership, and upcoming events.



Jocelyn Costa, PA-C


This site was developed to provide the Rhode Island PA community with the latest information affecting the profession and their practice. The website is only one part of our new Membership Management System. The system not only improves communication through the website, it will also provide for online:

Membership Registration and Renewal
Registration and Payment for RIAPA events
Updating of Membership Profile
Access to Members Only page
Networking with other PAs via the RIAPA Blog

The new system also offers significant operational efficiencies which will allow RIAPA leaders and staff to better meet the needs of the members.

The site is a work in progress so please check back frequently to view the latest
Help Prevent Overdose Deaths
Rhode Island is in the midst of an epidemic of overdose deaths from prescription and illicit opioid drugs. So far this year there have been 127 deaths reported from overdoses of either prescribed or street drugs.

Please take a few minute to visit
Search and Rescue Rhode Island:
Addressing the Misuse of and Addiction to Prescription Drugs in Our Practices
 - where you will find resources available to help stem the the epidemic of overdose deaths.


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