American Academy of Physician Assistants

Volunteer Opportunities

We want your voice to be heard. That's why we offer a variety of volunteer leadership opportunities – exclusive to AAPA members – that can make an immediate impact on your career. 

Our volunteer engagement structure allows for the creation of a wide variety of task-oriented, high-speed, outcome-focused volunteer opportunities. You will play an integral role in addressing the ever-widening range of issues affecting healthcare and other topics relevant to our Strategic Plan. These opportunities may include task forces, focus groups or expert panels; others may involve individual consultations with PAs and other experts who have experience in a particular healthcare environment or specialty area.

If you have questions about any of these volunteer opportunities or groups, please email

Looking for medical liaisons? All are listed on the Medical Liaison page.

Serve on one of AAPA's Commissions:

Current volunteer opportunities:

  • AAPA is seeking a volunteer experienced in caring for older patients to be the profession’s liaison to the American Geriatrics Society.
  • AAPA seeks volunteers to serve as medical liaisons to:
    • American College of Emergency Physicians
    • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
  • AAPA is seeking volunteers to identify and develop resources to educate PAs on the transition to ICD-10.  

  • AAPA is seeking volunteers to develop guidance material and a framework for optimal PA utilization within electronic health record systems.  

  • The Research department is seeking practicing PAs, PA educators, PA students and PAs employed in other capacities to participate in the PA Research Team Initiative (PARTI). Each month, PARTI members will receive a survey with about 10 questions. Surveys will be on a wide variety of topics, from day-to-day experiences to opinions about the PA profession. Membership is for one year, after which participants can choose to continue. Membership is entirely voluntary, and members can unsubscribe at any time.
  • The Student Volunteer Group application is now open. Read over the descriptions and see which group is a good fit for you.

External opportunities

Commissions and work groups

Governance Commission  
Nominating Work Group
Constituent Relations Work Group
Judicial Affairs Commission 

Commission on Research and Strategic Initiatives  
Commission on Advocacy  
Commission on Continuing Professional Development and Education   
Commission on the Health of the Public