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Christopher Peter Demas of Charlotte Hall recently became one of the first PAs to earn a new specialty credential from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Demas was awarded a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Emergency Medicine, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing an exam in the specialty, according to a news release from NCCPA.

He is one of 232 certified PAs to earn a CAQ in the programs first year, the release states.

Demas is employed by Medical Emergency Physicians at St. Marys Hospital in Leonardtown.

We are pleased to recognize this inaugural group of CAQ recipients, said NCCPA President and CEO Janet Lathrop. With the shortage of physicians growing each day in the U.S., it is promising to see certified PAs step up and voluntarily submit themselves to new standards for the benefit of the patients they serve each and every day.

CAQs were offered to certified PAs in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, emergency medicine, nephrology and psychiatry.

PAs perform many roles within a scope of practice that is established by a supervising physician in accordance with state regulations; generally speaking, PAs can perform any tasks delegated by the physician.