American Academy of Physician Assistants


The Board of Directors is AAPA’s governing body, while the House of Delegates is AAPA’s policymaking body. The Student Academy of AAPA and the PA Foundation each have their own respective boards and committees.

Many of the Academy's functions are handled by its volunteers. AAPA also has official liaisons to many national medical and healthcare organizations.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets throughout the year and is responsible for the Academy’s administrative and financial management. The Board consists of 13 elected AAPA members: president, president-elect, immediate past president, secretary-treasurer, vice president/speaker of the house of delegates, first vice speaker of the house, second vice speaker of the house, student representative and five directors-at-large.

House of Delegates

The House of Delegates, AAPA’s policymaking body, consists of voting delegates from 56 chapters, 27 specialty organizations, 8 caucuses, the Student Academy and the current and immediate past House Officers. Elected delegates have an effective voice in Academy activities in many ways.

Student Academy

The Student Academy of AAPA has its own structure, starting with students at individual PA programs. All student members of AAPA are considered members of the Student Academy. The Student Board of Directors guides Student Academy affairs for the following year.

Volunteer Opportunities  

AAPA’s volunteer engagement allows for the creation of a wide variety of task-oriented, outcome-focused volunteer opportunities to address the ever-widening range of issues affecting healthcare and other topics relevant to AAPA’s Strategic Plan.