The House of Delegates (HOD) is the policy-making body of AAPA, responsible for enacting policies establishing the collective values, philosophies, and principals of the PA profession. This authority is delegated to them under AAPA’s Articles of Incorporation. The HOD is comprised of elected representatives from 57 state and federal service chapters, 26 specialty organizations, 10 caucuses, and the Student Academy.
The formal title of the profession is acknowledged in an AAPA policy. Therefore, it was the responsibility of the HOD to consider any changes to this policy.
It was the 2018 HOD that passed a resolution requesting that the Board of Directors “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.” This policy resolution initiated the Title Change Investigation, which concluded with an extensive report to the 2020 House of Delegates. At that meeting, delegates were charged with returning to their respective constituencies to begin the next phase of this process – discussing the current policy that titles the profession “physician assistant” and returning to the May 2021 HOD Meeting with any proposed changes to that policy.