Volunteer Opportunities

AAPA wants your voice to be heard. We offer a variety of volunteer leadership opportunities - exclusive to AAPA members - that can make an immediate impact on your career. 

AAPA's volunteer engagement allows for the creation of a wide variety of task-oriented, high-speed, outcome-focused volunteer opportunities. You will play an integral role in addressing the ever-widening range of issues affecting healthcare and other topics relevant to AAPA's Strategic Plan. These 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

 Current volunteer leadership opportunities at AAPA include:

  • Commission on Research and Strategic Initiatives 
     
  • Commission on Advocacy 
     
  • Additional opportunities within AAPA 

 If you have questions about any of these volunteer opportunities or groups, please email volunteer@aapa.org.

New commission opportunities

As a volunteer commission member, you meet just a few times each year by teleconference to analyze, evaluate and recommend new programs and policies. Your ideas will help guide not only the direction of AAPA, but the entire PA profession.

Commission announcement from AAPA Board President Larry Herman (PDF)- Announced 2/19/14

Commission on Research and Strategic Initiatives

AAPA's Commission on Research and Strategic Initiatives was created to assist AAPA with trend-spotting, research and strategic initiatives related to changes in healthcare that impact PA value and  the daily work of AAPA members, as requested by the Board of Directors.

It is one of four advisory commissions created by the AAPA Board of Directors. The high-level and strategy-oriented work of the commissions is designed to support the AAPA's position as a thought leader in the industry. The specific charge of the commission for any fiscal year (FY) is dependent on the direction of the Board of Directors based on the AAPA Strategic Plan, policy direction from the House of Delegates and the current industry environment.

See the 2014-2015 Charges (PDF)

Members: Currently calling for members

Deadline: April 18, 2014

AAPA staff advisor: Beth Bush

Commission on Advocacy

The Commission on Advocacy was created to assist AAPA in matters related to state and federal advocacy, external relations, constituent relations, payment policy, and elevating the PA voice, as requested by the Board of Directors.

It is one of four advisory commissions created by the AAPA Board of Directors. The high-level and strategy-oriented work of the commissions is designed to support the AAPA's position as a thought -leader in the industry. The specific charge of the commission for any fiscal year (FY) is dependent on the direction of the Board of Directors based on the AAPA Strategic Plan, policy direction from the House of Delegates and the current industry environment.

 See the 2014-2015 Charges (PDF) 
Members: Currently calling for volunteers  
Deadline: April 18, 2014

AAPA staff advisor: Tillie Fowler

Commission on Continuing Professional Development and Education

The Commission on Professional Development and Education was created to assist AAPA in matters related to educational content planning, health systems leadership development, conflict of interest policies related to CME, certification changes and member engagement, as requested by the Board of Directors.

It is one of four advisory commissions created by the AAPA Board of Directors. The high-level and strategy-oriented work of the commissions is designed to support the AAPA's position as a thought-leader in the industry. The specific charge of the commission for any fiscal year (FY) is dependent on the direction of the Board of Directors based on the AAPA Strategic Plan, policy direction from the House of Delegates and the current industry environment.

 See the 2014-2015 Charges (PDF)

Members: Group closed

AAPA staff advisor: Daniel Pace    

 

Additional volunteer opportunities

  •  Represent AAPA on AMA-Medicare Coding and Payment and Policy Committees: AAPA is seeking two volunteers to serve as alternate representatives to the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC) and the Relative Value System Update Committee (RUC) HCPAC. 
     
  •  Speak at an FDA advisory committee meeting in the Washington, D.C., area for the proposed Rx-to-OTC switch for a medication that treats allergic rhinitis in adults 18 and over. 
     
  • Looking for a resume builder? Apply for one of AAPA's standing commissions today! You can gain experience in judicial affairs, AAPA governance and constituent relations.    

  • Seeking a PA with HIV prevention or care experience to review draft compilation of federal guidelines on services can give to HIV infected people to prevent onward transmission over 10 working days in April. Deadline is March 28.
     

  • The ACIP Childhood Immunization Schedule Workgroup is proposing new job aids to complement the 2015 Childhood/Adolescent catch-up schedule. They would like to field test these draft job aids among practicing healthcare providers across the country. CDC plans to begin testing in mid- March 2014. Interested PAs should be from within the following regions: http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/pdfs/reference/us_regdiv.pdf    
  • The AAPA has developed a new volunteer opportunity that will significantly expand the number of graders for each CME proposal for the 2015 AAPA conference. With nearly 50 subject areas, graders are needed to evaluate proposals in each category based on the educational session description, learning objectives, and methodology.
     

  • AAPA is seeking a PA who works in pediatrics or adolescent medicine and has experience with treating substance abuse.
     
  • NDEP is looking for experienced volunteers to collaborate on efforts to support health care professionals and community-based organizations in improving medication adherence among people with diabetes 
  • PA NET - member-focused network. Volunteers are needed to call or connect in person with members to answer questions about AAPA or their career as a PA.
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  •  Student PARTI: AAPA is looking for students who want to be involved with research by providing their valuable input on various small surveys, conference calls, and other techniques.  

External opportunities

  • The AVA VAPSI Task Force requests your participation in this critical and timely collaboration with multidisciplinary stakeholders in a meeting on Thursday April 3, 2014 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Grapevine, TX where we will explore innovative ideas for the evaluation of current practices, testing of conceptual models, and integrating re-engineered multidisciplinary teams into clinical settings. 
     
  • Volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corp- through the Medical Reserve Corp
     
  •  Volunteer with Project Hope- through Project Hope
     
  •   Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. Help promote early literacy and school readiness to young children by volunteering today!
     
  •  Opportunities with the Physician Assistant Foundation

Commissions and work groups

Governance Commission
Nominating Work Group
Constituent Relations Work Group
Judicial Affairs Commission