Constituent Organizations

Constituent organizations (COs) are independent organizations affiliated with AAPA. COs are comprised of state and federal chapters, specialty organizations, special interest groups, and caucuses. They provide their members with locally based CME, networking opportunities, social gatherings, timely information, advocacy and job resources.

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Constituent Organization Resources

With the resources on this page, COs can improve organizational practices and operations, and at the same time enhance programs and services delivered to members.

State, U.S. Territory and Federal Service Chapters

AAPA’s constituent chapters provide their members locally-based CME, networking opportunities, social gatherings, timely information, advocacy and job resources.

Specialty Organizations

Specialty organizations support AAPA’s knowledge base regarding medical specialty practice issues.

Special Interest Groups

Special interest groups are informal groups composed of individuals sharing a common goal or interest.


A caucus is composed of individuals who share a common goal or interest related to healthcare access or delivery.

Constituent Organization News

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Attending town hall meetings is a great way to make contact with your officials.Check out this step-by-step guide to prepare for participation in a town hall meeting.

PAs should continue to use “physician assistant” or “PA” as their official legal title in a professional capacity, particularly in clinical settings and with patients. AAPA is transitioning to use “physician associate” when possible and when it does not present a legal or regulatory conflict. For more information, please visit FAQs.