Welcome to the Official Organization for
Physician Assistants who practice in Orthopaedics

PAOS Mission Statement

PAOS is the official Specialty Organization of the AAPA For Physician Assistants who practice in Orthopaedics

The 2013 annual survey of the American Academy of Physician Assistants showed:

  •     Of the 95,000 PAs practicing in US, approximatly 11% practice in Orthopaedics
  •     There are an estimate 10,450 PAs practicing in orthopaedic surgery in 2014

Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery is an organization created by and for physician assistants who are NCCPA certified and work in Orthopaedics. PAOS is an official specialty organization of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and has an official Liaison with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. PAOS is dedicated to providing high quality programs to support its members in achieving a high level of knowledge in musculoskeletal health care through the physician/physician assistant team concept.

Mission Statement

To provide a professional organization with a common direction for physician assistants who practice in Orthopaedics. Providing quality CME in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal health care. Provide a forum for interaction, and networking for information dissemination and job placement in Orthopaedics for physician assistants. Educate physicians and allied health professionals on physician assistant education, training, certification and changing legislation.

Organizational Profile

PAs provide a vital service and role in patient care within today’s health care system. The hallmark of this service is that PA’s practice as part of a PA/Physician team. Physician Assistants who practice in orthopaedics are licensed health care professionals who practice medicine within the scope of practice of their supervising physician. PA’s are highly skilled professionals who exercise autonomy in diagnosing and treating illnesses the same as their physician counterparts. PAOS provides a forum for interaction for physician assistants who practice in orthopaedics, and a networking system for interaction among its' peers.   PAOS has  professional interaction with the AAPA as well as the AAOS to coordinate CME, job opportunities, practice issues, as well as, political issues. 

AAPA Specialty Practice Issue Brief:  PDF Document