History of AAPA
The American Academy of Physician Associates (formerly known as American Academy of Physician Assistants) was established and incorporated in the state of North Carolina in 1968 as the American Association of Physician Assistants. Initial membership was made up of the first students and graduates of the Duke University PA program, among which were former military corpsmen.
In 1973, 300 members strong, a joint national headquarters for AAPA and the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (now the Physician Assistant Education Association) was established in Washington, D.C. The headquarters moved to Arlington, Va., in the late 1970s and to Old Town Alexandria, Va., in 1988.
The Academy moved to its current location in the Carlyle area of Alexandria in 2011.
What is AAPA?
Founded in 1968, the American Academy of Physician Associates is the national professional society for PAs (physician associates/physician assistants). It represents a profession of more than 168,300 PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the uniformed services.