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The Low-Cost, Professional Resource that Too Many PAs Underutilize

As a physician assistant, you may be a member of the American Academy of PAs — or you may see it as too big a financial burden.

Well, based on a super informative video from YouTuber Andrea Benedict, PA-C, you might want to consider a less costly option that might offer even more benefits: joining a local or regional PA group, which could even be a chapter of the AAPA. According to Benedict, membership fees can be as low as $25 a year,

Some other benefits Benedict lists:

  • Small gatherings, with five to 15 people, where people are more candid with information about salary, benefits, good and bad employers, etc.
  • More intimate networking, which can lead to more job opportunities in your community
  • Experience presenting at smaller conferences
  • Getting to know some “pretty awesome fellow PAs,” as Benedict says

If you’re interesting in finding such a group, you can do a quick Google search. Alternatively, go through the AAPA website to find out about state and regional chapters. If there’s nothing immediately available on smaller groups, consider reaching out to a state-level rep and asking for more info.

And of course, you should ask coworkers about groups they’re a member of to see which ones have the most gatherings, the best professional events and more.

Do you have any tips for joining a local PA group? Have you had an awesome experience from doing so? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Want to see more videos like this? Follow Benedict on YouTube and Instagram.

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