American Academy of Physician Assistants

Student Academy - SAAAPA


The Student Academy of AAPA (SAAAPA) has its own structure, starting with students at individual PA programs. The Student Board of Directors guides SAAAPA affairs for the following year.

Each year, students may elect one representative from each PA program to attend the Assembly of Representatives (AOR), the legislative body of the Student Academy. The AOR meets once a year at the annual AAPA conference where it sets policy and elects the Student Academy officers. Any AAPA student member who has not yet graduated is eligible for a student officer position.


Meet the current leaders of SAAAPA.

Student societies resources and news

Student societies are groups PA students who meet regularly to discuss issues of common interest. Learn how to start a society and stay up to date on society activities.

Assembly of Representatives 

The Assembly of Representatives (AOR) is the governing body of SAAAPA. Read the 2015 AOR Resolutions (PDF)

Student House of Delegates

The House of Delegates (HOD) is AAPA’s policymaking body. Find out how to become a student delegate.

Student events at conference

AAPA’s annual conference offers many opportunities for students. The Student Academy creates tracks of lectures and forums for PA students attending the event. 

Challenge Bowl

The National Medical Challenge Bowl is a friendly competition between PA schools coordinated by SAAAPA. Think you have what it takes to compete? Registration opens February 1, 2016.

Student leadership opportunities 

Become a SAAAPA leader or participate in a work group or commission.

PA Student Essentials

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Student membership

Visit the student membership page for more information on student member benefits.