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The annual AAPA Awards include Individual Excellence Awards, for which individuals can apply, along with the Eugene A. Stead Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award, for which one must be nominated.

Applications closed at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 19, 2021.

Find the list of 2021 Award recipients here.

Individual Excellence Awards

We know there are a lot of amazing PAs out there. That’s why the annual AAPA Awards recognize PAs’ contributions to their patients, their communities, and their profession. These awards include: PA of the Year, PA Student of the Year, Military Service, AAPA/PAEA Preceptor of the Year, Publishing, and Outstanding Student Society.


PA of the Year Award


This award honors a PA who, within the course of a one-year period, demonstrates exemplary service to the community; exemplifies the PA profession’s philosophy of providing accessible, quality healthcare to all; and furthers the image of the profession in a positive, meaningful way.


PA Student of the Year Award


This award honors a PA student who furthers the image of PAs and PA students; gives self-sacrificing time and effort in service to community; demonstrates leadership and professionalism; and exemplifies the PA profession’s philosophy of providing accessible and quality healthcare and/or health education.


Military Service Award


This award recognizes a veteran or active duty PA who demonstrates exemplary healthcare service and exemplifies the PA profession’s philosophy of providing accessible, quality healthcare to current members of the military, veterans, or a medically underserved community.


AAPA/PAEA Preceptor of the Year Award


This award honors a preceptor who demonstrates exemplary service in the clinical education of PA students as a mentor, role model, and instructor; and furthers the image of PAs by exemplifying the PA profession’s philosophy of providing accessible, quality healthcare.


Publishing Award


This award is granted to a PA who published, during the prior calendar year, a new clinical or research article expressing original and/or scientifically rigorous ideas substantiated by best practices, and contributing to the advancement of the PA profession.


Outstanding Student Society


This award recognizes one student society for outstanding service to the profession in the areas of public education and advocacy; public service and outreach; promotion of diversity; and professional involvement.

Eugene A. Stead Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

This award honors a lifetime of achievement that has had a broad and significant impact on the PA profession. Recipients are not required to be PAs. However, PA nominees must be current AAPA members in good standing. Retired PA nominees must have been an AAPA member in good standing prior to retirement.

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Previous Recipients

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is eligible for AAPA Awards?

The eligibility criteria are different for each award. Please see the detailed eligibility guidelines above for more specific criteria.

If I nominate someone for an award, does that mean they will be automatically considered for the award?

No. Anyone nominated for the PA of the Year Award, PA Student of the Year Award, Military Service Award, Preceptor of the Year Award, or Publishing Award will need to complete a full application themselves in order to be considered. When a nomination is submitted, the nominee will be notified and given instructions on how to apply.

The Eugene A. Stead Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award is the exception. That is an award for which one must be nominated, and the nominee should not fill out an application.

I have more supporting documents or letters of recommendation to submit than the application form allows. Can I send in additional items?

No. Each applicant may only submit the number of documents and letters permitted by the application form. Only documents submitted via the application form will be accepted.

Can I submit some of my application now and some later?

Each application form has a “save and return” feature so that you can continue working on the application at your convenience. If you choose to use this feature, you will be asked to create an account in order to return to your application. However, when the form is submitted, all application materials must be included or the application will be considered incomplete.

How should letters of recommendation be addressed?

Please address letters of recommendation to AAPA Awards Committee Members.

Who judges the award applications?

The Awards Committee is comprised of volunteer AAPA members who must apply to serve on the committee. Though the makeup of the committee changes each year, the committee always includes students, representatives from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), and previous AAPA Award recipients. The AAPA staff advisor does not participate in the evaluation of award applicants. You can find this year’s list of committee members here.

When will I be notified of the committee’s decision? When will the awards be publicly announced?

Applicants will be notified in March 2021. Public announcement of the award recipients is planned for May 2021.