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  • The Board of Directors is AAPA’s governing body, and the House of Delegates is AAPA’s policy-making body. The Student Academy of AAPA and the PA Foundation each have their own respective boards and committees.

    Many of the Academy's functions are handled by its volunteers. AAPA also has official liaisons to many national medical and health care organizations.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    AAPA’s  volunteer engagement allows for the creation of a wide variety of task-oriented, high-speed, outcome-focused volunteer opportunities to address the ever-widening range of issues affecting healthcare and other topics relevant to AAPA’s Strategic Plan.  Opportunities may include task forces, focus groups or expert panels; others may involve individual consultations with PAs and other experts who have experience in a particular healthcare environment or specialty area.

    AAPA Board of Directors

    The Board of Directors meets three times a year and is responsible for the Academy’s administrative and financial management. The board consists of 13 elected officials: president, president-elect, immediate past president, secretary-treasurer, vice president/speaker of the house of delegates, first vice speaker of the house, second vice speaker of the house, student representative, and five directors-at-large. Eligibility is based upon nomination by the AAPA Nominating Committee or by self-declaring for office.

    AAPA House of Delegates

    The House of Delegates, AAPA’s policy-making body, consists of voting delegates from constituent chapters, officially recognized specialty organizations, the Caucus Congress and the Student Academy.

    Elected delegates have an effective voice in Academy activities in many ways. They:

    • Make recommendations on professional issues to committees, councils, caucuses, special interest groups, and congresses or to the AAPA Board of Directors
    • Submit formal resolutions through the procedure outlined by the House of Delegates
    • Participate as a member of a reference committee, studying and reporting on the resolutions received
    • Participate in open reference committee hearings conducted at the HOD Meeting, held during AAPA’s Annual Conference.

    As a member, you may present testimony on issues of importance at House of Delegates reference committee hearings without being a delegate.

    Issues and policies addressed by the House of Delegates have included:

    • Innovative healthcare delivery models
    • Medicare coverage
    • PA privileges
    • Health promotion and disease prevention
    • Medical liability reform
    • Leadership excellence

    Student Academy

    The Student Academy of AAPA has its own structure, starting with students at individual PA programs. All student members of AAPA are considered members of the Student Academy. The Student Board of Directors guides Student Academy affairs for the following year.

    Communication and programming between the Student Academy and PA students occur through student society presidents, Assembly of Representatives delegates and SAAAPA’s regional chairs.

    Student societies must be registered with the Student Academy. Each year students at each PA program may elect one representative to attend the AOR, the legislative body of the Student Academy, which meets once a year at AAPA’s Annual PA Conference. The AOR sets policy and elects the Student Academy officers.

    Any AAPA student member who has not graduated is eligible for a student officer position.

    Medical Liaisons & External Representatives

    The Academy appoints AAPA members to be medical liaisons and external representatives to a number of different medical, clinical and other external organizations. AAPA's liaisons and external representatives strive to foster relationships within these organizations that will heighten the awareness of the valuable role PAs play as part of the medical team.

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