As announced in the Speaker’s January Update, the 2021 House of Delegates (HOD) Meeting will be conducted virtually from Thursday, May 20 through Saturday, May 22 with the final session occurring on Monday, May 24. This virtual meeting of the HOD will include the usual components of an in-person HOD such as reference committee hearings, amendments being proposed, and voting. In addition to considering bylaws and policy resolutions, the HOD Elections will also be held to elect three House Officer positions and three Nominating Work Group positions. All resources, tools, and materials will be available under the tabs to the left.

The House Officers made a motion to close this meeting to only allow AAPA members/staff and HOD Official Observers to join. Delegates voted between March 12-14 and passed the motion. View the certified results.

Review how to propose amendments for this HOD meeting.

Title Change Investigation

Title Change Investigation

At the May 2018 AAPA House of Delegates meeting, a resolution passed requesting that the AAPA Board of Directors (BOD) “contract with an appropriate independent consulting/research firm(s) to investigate state/federal, financial, political, branding aspects, and alternatives to the creation of a new professional title for physician assistants that accurately reflects AAPA professional practice policies. . . .”

In September 2018, AAPA hired WPP/Landor, a global marketing, communications, and research firm with expertise in healthcare, to conduct this comprehensive investigation.

The two questions driving the independent research were:

  1. Is there a need to evolve the PA brand based on an objective, well-informed, data and analysis-driven view of where it stands today?
  2. And if so, how do we redefine how the PA profession is positioned, how its value is conveyed, and how it is titled to meet the requirements of tomorrow’s healthcare landscape?

WPP/Landor provided a preliminary status report of their work to the 2019 AAPA House of Delegates.

The final presentations from WPP/Landor, Foley & Lardner, and AAPA were given at the 2020 Virtual AAPA HOD Meeting.

PAEA, NCCPA, and ARC-PA, the other national PA organizations, will be affected by any title change that PAs decide to pursue. Each organization has prepared a report on the impact of a potential title change on their respective organizations and constituencies.

ARC-PA Report

NCCPA Report

PAEA Report



The House of Delegates Officer and Nominating Work Group Elections were conducted on May 21, 2021.  The results are in!

House of Delegates Officers Election

AAPA Vice President/Speaker of the House

Todd Pickard, MMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA, FASCO

AAPA Director/First Vice Speaker of the House

Leslie Clayton (Milteer), PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA

AAPA Director/Second Vice Speaker of the House

Peggy Walsh, MS, PA-C


Nominating Work Group Election

James E. Delaney, PA-C, CAQ-OS, DFAAPA

Jeremy L. Nelson, MPAS, PA

Kim Zuber, PA-C, DFAAPA

Click here to view the certified election results from our third-party election vendor YesElections!

If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

Summary of Actions & RefCom Reports

Summary of Actions, CME Certificate, Reference Committee Reports & Amendment Motion Forms

2021 HOD Summary of Actions

2021 HOD Category II CME Certificate

Reference Committee A Report

Reference Committee B Report

Reference Committee C Report

Reference Committee D Report

Original Resolution Motion Forms

Reference Committee Report Amendments – Motion Forms

HOD Amendment Instructions

Note to Delegates – Download both the original resolution and Reference Committee amendment motion form files above if you want to propose any amendments for General Session II. Amendments should be submitted to [email protected] prior to Monday whenever possible. Please highlight any changes you are proposing in blue.

Partner Spotlight: Abbott Nutrition


Abbott is a supporter of PAs and their ability to influence positive patient outcomes through nutrition. They have become a partner in our work as we develop CME and other essential resources to equip PAs across all specialties and settings with the knowledge and skills to effectively address nutrition-related issues and promote optimal health for their patients, please take some time to review the Nutritional Toolkit and other resources below:

Nutrition Toolkit – a National Health Priority- AAPA


Talking With Patients About Nutrition


Tips to Incorporate Nutrition Into Practice


Resources for Practice

  • Ensure Resource
  • Chronic Condition Management Decision Pathway
  • Glucerna Resource

    Resources for Patients