Volunteer Opportunities

We want your voice to be heard. That's why we offer a variety of volunteer leadership opportunities – exclusive to AAPA members – that can make an immediate impact on your career. 

Our volunteer engagement structure 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 our 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

The application periods for our new commissions are now closed. You can view the commissions's charges below.

For additional opportunities within us, scroll down. 

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

New commission opportunities 

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

Commission on the Health of the Public

The Commission on the Health of the Public helps AAPA with health policy, clinical guidelines, health initiatives and health disparities as requested by the Board of Directors.

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

AAPA staff adviser: Marie-Michele Leger

Commission on the Health of the Public Application

 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)

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)  

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)

AAPA staff advisor: Daniel Pace

Additional volunteer opportunities

  • AAPA Political Action Committee (AAPA PAC) Board of Trustees is seeking one new Trustee to be a part of the team and fundraise. 
  • AAPA is seeking a PA-C to attend National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention meetings and report back to us.
  • The Student Volunteer Group application is now open. Read over the descriptions and see which group is a good fit for you.
  • We're looking for students to offer their valuable input on various small surveys, conference calls and other techniques.

External opportunities

  • Volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps – through the Medical Reserve Corp

  • Volunteer with Project Hope – through Project Hope

  • Opportunities with the Physician Assistant Foundation 

  • Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with healthcare providers to prescribe books and encourage families to read together.  Join many of your colleagues to implement this program into your practice.  For more information go visit Reach Out and Read. 

  • Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications related to health policy, public health, global health, preparedness, preventive medicine, the faith-based and community-based sector, and allied fields. 

    Nominees will be selected by the HHS secretary or designee from authorities knowledgeable in the fields of public health as well as from the general public. Members may be invited to serve for terms of up to four years.

    Nomination materials must be postmarked by Aug. 31, 2014, and sent to: 
    Gayle Hickman, Office of the Chief of Staff, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., Mailstop D14, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, telephone (404) 639-7158

    • Candidates should submit the following items:
      • Current curriculum vitae, including complete contact information (name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, email address); show citation box
      • A letter of recommendation stating the qualifications of the candidate. 
       
     

Commissions and work groups

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

Commission on Research and Strategic Initiatives

Commission on Advocacy

Commission on Continuing Professional Development and Education