Michigan Educator Elected Speaker of House of Delegates and Vice President of American Academy of Physician Assistants


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Michigan Educator Elected Speaker of House of Delegates and Vice President of American Academy of Physician Assistants

William H. Fenn, Ph.D., PA-C, DFAAPA, faculty member in the Western Michigan University Physician Assistant (PA) Department, has been elected vice president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and Speaker of its House of Delegates (HOD). AAPA is the only national organization to represent the nearly 70,000 physician assistants practicing in all medical and surgical specialties and all practice settings.

Fenn is one of few tenured “full” professors in his field and the first to reach that rank in his department, where he previously served as chair and program director. An experienced clinical PA, Fenn also has extensive experience as a health policy analyst – serving as a consultant at levels ranging from small local organizations to national health departments of several nations.

Fenn has served in a leadership role on the AAPA Board of Directors since 2003. He is a former director at large and served as HOD first and second vice speaker. He has also chaired the board’s International Affairs Committee and is widely recognized as an expert on international development.

Fenn has also served in leadership positions in the Michigan Academy and in PA specialty organizations, including as president elect of the Veterans Affairs Academy of Physician Assistants, chief delegate to the HOD from the Society of Air Force Physician Assistants, and vice president of the Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants. He has received the AAPA House Outstanding Service Award, Michigan PA of the Year Award, and several WMU Distinguished Scholar awards.

Fenn is a decorated veteran, retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. He is the sole PA appointed by Michigan’s governor to serve as a member of the state Board of Medicine, as well as the chair of the state PA licensing body.

Originally from Midland, he and his wife currently reside in Oshtemo Township.

Physician assistants are licensed health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural and urban settings. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and prescribe medications.

AAPA is the only national organization to represent physician assistants in all medical and surgical specialties. Founded in 1968, the Academy works to promote quality, cost effective health care and the professional and personal growth of PAs. For more information about the Academy and the PA profession, visit the AAPA’s Web site, www.aapa.org.


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