For Courtney Titus, becoming a PA was a life-changing experience that taught her the value of teamwork and dedication. As her career progressed and she entered into an administrative role as a PA, she quickly noticed a lack of available resources to aid PA students and practicing PAs as they navigated training and their careers. To fill this information gap, Titus launched the online resource EmpoweredPAs.com, which contains webinars, blog articles and interviews about the PA profession, covering topics like PAs in leadership roles, tips for working night shifts, non-clinical opportunities for PAs and day-in-the-life profiles of practicing PAs in a variety of specialties and environments.
Titus hopes EmpoweredPAs will inspire and encourage PAs at any stage of their training or careers to learn more about the opportunities available to them in the profession. She also hopes her readers will join her in becoming empowered advocates for their fellow PAs, pushing for more leadership roles and responsibilities.
“One of the biggest challenges facing PAs today is a misunderstanding of the profession,” says Titus, who works at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. “The title physician assistant is confusing to our health care colleagues and legislators — it’s thought we have the same education as a medical or physical therapy assistant. However, we do not just assist physicians; we are part of a collaborative health care team that takes care of patients on multiple levels. We diagnose. We treat. We practice medicine.
“An empowered PA is engaged, involved and advocates for their patients and their profession at the local, state and national level,” she says. “They mentor other PAs, train students and participate in research studies and quality improvement efforts. I believe that PAs who feel empowered are able to better contribute to improving patients’ lives and make a positive impact in health care.”