American Academy of Physician Assistants

AAPA Awards

Annual Awards

Have you have an interaction with a PA who went above and beyond the call of the profession? Who has the dedication to the profession and their patients unlike any you have seen before? AAPA’s Awards recognize exceptional PAs for their amazing impact on the profession and their patients. Encourage your PA to apply for one of the AAPA Awards: the Military Service Award, Humanitarian Award, Preceptor of the Year, Publishing Award and the Eugene A. Stead Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award.

2015’s Humanitarian of the Year Award winner Gina Brown was recognized for her work in Pakistan and Afghanistan. From 2007-2009, she was the only female medical provider in a Kabul, Afghanistan, health center and oversaw the medical care of thousands of female patients. She created a prenatal care clinic that continues to see patients today.

Past AAPA Award Winners (PDF)

Email any awards questions to Kodi Erb at awards@aapa.org.

Eugene A. Stead Jr. Award of Achievement

The Eugene A. Stead Jr. Award of Achievement-- the highest award given by the Academy-- honors lifetime 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.

To nominate someone, complete the Stead Award of Achievement form. The deadline for submissions is midnight EST on February 15, 2017.

Winners

AAPA Awards

Humanitarian of the Year Award

This award honors PAs who demonstrate exemplary service to the community, and further the image of PAs by exemplifying the PA profession's philosophy of providing accessible, quality healthcare to the underserved, domestically or internationally.

Applicants must be current AAPA members in good standing.

Preceptor of the Year Award

The preceptor award honors preceptors who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the clinical education of PA students as a mentor and instructor.

Applicants are not required to be PAs; however, PA nominees are required to be AAPA members.

Military Service Award

This award honors veteran or active duty PAs who have demonstrated exemplary healthcare service to their community, to current members of the military or veterans, or to the underserved in a rural community or inner city, domestically or internationally.

Applicants must be current AAPA members in good standing.

Publishing Award

The publishing 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.  

Applicants must be current AAPA members in good standing.

General Application

Completed application forms must be received by AAPA no later than midnight EST on February 15, 2017. This form can be used to apply for the Humanitarian Award, Preceptor of the Year Award, Military Service Award and Publishing Award.

 

Recognition Awards

AAPA Honorary Membership

Honorary membership to the Academy may be conferred upon non-PAs who have rendered distinguished service to the PA profession. Recipients of this honor receive a free lifetime Academy membership and have all the privileges of membership, except for voting, holding office or chairing committees.

To nominate someone for honorary membership, complete the nomination form. The deadline is midnight EST on February 15, 2017. 

House of Delegates Outstanding Service Award

This award honors House of Delegates leaders who have provided exemplary service to the House of Delegates as delegates or officers; House committee chairs or members; or sergeants at arms. Nominees may be suggested to the Speaker of the House by any credentialed delegate of the House. House officers review all nominations and make the final selection(s).

The nomination deadline is midnight EST on January 15, 2017. For more information, contact Tom Shoemaker, HOD Advisor, at tshoemaker@aapa.org or 571-319-4392. View the past House Outstanding Service Award winners.