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Physician Assistant Section

Welcome to the Physician Assistant Section!

This section is designed to keep North Carolina physician assistants involved in the activities of the NCMS Physician Assistant Section and to provide information about the Physician Asssistant (PA) profession for our physician colleagues and other health care providers. Please address any questions regarding the NCMS-PA Section to Jim Hill, Jr., PA-C, MEd Chair, or to Kristen Shipherd of the Medical Society.

The mission of the North Carolina Medical Society Physician Assistant (PA) Section shall be to unite PAs and to enhance the physician/PA working relationship through professional, clinical, political and service-oriented partnerships, such that the ultimate beneficiaries of the PA Section's mission are the patients, the health care system and the camaraderie of medical colleagues.

PA Section Leadership


Chair James E. Hill, Jr., PA-C, MEd

About the PA Section

The North Carolina Medical Society recognized in the early 1990s that the relationship between physician assistants and physicians was an important one that should be nurtured within the Medical Society itself; in 1992, E. Harvey Estes, MD, and Eugene Stead, MD, proposed that PAs be invited to join the Medical Society, a measure that was quickly passed. In 1993, the NCMS Physician Assistant Section was created and now, more than 13 years later, there are nearly 350 active physician assistant members within the Medical Society.

The NCMS PA Section's role is to continue to cultivate the relationship between PAs and physicians and to initiate collaborative public health projects that tackle some of today's biggest health concerns. The latest focus of the NCMS PA Section is on the epidemic of obesity, with PA Section members participating on an obesity subcommittee of the Family and Public Health Committee. The NCMS PA Section's role in organized medicine differs from the mission of the NC Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA), which advocates on behalf of physician assistants and promotes the PA profession. For more information about the Academy, visit www.ncapa.org.

Read an article by NCMS PA Section Chair Jim Hill: "The Physician / PA Team and A Collaborative Relationship Between the NCMS and the NCAPA: Are We or Are We Not Working Together?"

A Message from the Chair


by James E. Hill, Jr., PA-C, M.Ed.

Physician Assistant (PA) members of the NC Medical Society can look to two recent successful activities which will affect PAs throughout the state.

In the first, Jim Hill viewed the NCMS Doctor of the Day program as one in which PAs could add value to their supervising physicians while extending their awareness throughout the state legislature. Physician members of the NCMS volunteer to serve a day in the state legislature, providing basic first aid to legislators and visitors at the Legislative Building. Since more serious medical events are handled by local emergency medical personnel, all physicians are encouraged to participate, no matter their specialty. In return, those physicians are introduced in both the House and Senate chambers, are offered floor privileges and have the opportunity to attend committee meetings and visit with local legislators. More...

PA Information Center