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MI Executive Order - Necessary Standards for Practicing Medicine

For Immediate Release

Contact: Thadd Gormas, Executive Director

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Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants Commends Governor Whitmer
to Allow Safe Healthcare Access Through Executive Order

Necessary Standards for Practicing Medicine


LANSING, Mich. (May 16, 2020) – The Michigan Academy of PAs (MAPA) is working to empower PAs by providing Governor Gretchen Whitmer with specific guidelines for practicing medicine during this public health emergency to be implemented through an executive order.


Michigan PAs are prepared to safely re-engage their patients. Residents across Michigan are delaying care and facing mounting health risks. During this health emergency, PAs were the first to be redeployed to treat COVID-19 across the most impacted hospital systems. Returning to caring for their patients is a difficult but necessary next step.


MAPA says this move will enable Michigan to maximize the state’s over 5,600 PAs licensed to practice medicine and expand patient access to experienced healthcare providers to treat complex patient needs.


“Michigan residents have been waiting until it is safe to see their PA. Updated protocols for practicing medicine will allow our patients to receive much needed care.,” said MAPA Legislative Chair Michelle Petropoulos, DMSc, PA-C.


“Governor Whitmer has carefully addressed important legal and regulatory questions for Michigan’s PAs, including eliminating practice requirements that were impeding our ability to safely treat the pandemic virus. Our patients need us now more than ever so we are looking forward to working with her during this next step.”


PAs are highly qualified medical professionals who practice medicine by diagnosing illnesses, developing and managing treatment plans, prescribing medications and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider.


MAPA provided Governor Whitmer with practice standards based on recommendations from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. PAs who work in Michigan hospitals, surgical centers, and specialty medical practice settings are prepared to care for the growing physical and mental health needs of their patients.



 About the Michigan Academy of PAs

The Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA) is the essential resource for the PA profession in Michigan and the primary advocate for PAs in the state.



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