American Academy of Physician Assistants

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

Current volunteer opportunities

  • Help update AAPA Model State Legislation for PAs: Initially drafted in 1991 and amended periodically, AAPA’s Model State Legislation for PAs lays out key elements of professional regulation and works to assist state constituent organizations as they pursue improvements in state laws and rules governing PA practice and patient access to care. We're looking for volunteers to review and update the current model. Interested individuals may apply online. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

  • 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.

External opportunities

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 

Commission on the Health of the Public