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.  

Wondering who is participating in AAPA's volunteer groups? Take a look at the Volunteer Group Outcomes page.

Download the AAPA Conflict of Interest Policy and Disclosure Form (PDF)

Current volunteer opportunities: 

  • Online Community Volunteer Group: Are you interested in connecting with other PAs online? If so, we’re seeking student and fellow members to serve as volunteers for Huddle, an exclusive online community to AAPA members. You’ll be tasked with testing out new features, providing feedback, and cultivating conversations with other community members. In this role you will: Participate in regular phone calls with AAPA staff and are expected to participate regularly on the member community platform. Time commitment is anticipated to be 1-2 hours per week and the duration of the commitment is July 1, 2016-June 30th, 2017

  • Subject Matter Expert Database: Are you interested in becoming a subject matter expert (SME) volunteer on behalf of AAPA? If so, we want you as a Volunteer SME Ambassador.
    As an AAPA Volunteer SME Ambassador, you may be asked to represent AAPA on task forces, panels, or at meetings held by federal agencies or other professional organizations. You may be asked to represent the PA profession as important clinical guidelines are analyzed and updated.  Or, you may be called on to inform the organization’s comments and response to an external organization’s request. These opportunities are unpredictable but critical to ensuring the PA voice is represented.  May we rely on your clinical areas of expertise and call on you when opportunities arise? Join this expert group of PA leaders today by submitting your application.

  • PA Research Team Initiative (PARTI): 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.

External opportunities

  • National Healthcare Disaster Certification – Field Testers:  The ANCC is currently developing an inter-professional National Healthcare Disaster Certification (NHDC).  This certification will assure employers and the public that members of the disaster healthcare team have mastered an inter-professional body of knowledge and skills related to all phases of the disaster lifecycle.  The goal is to promote successful outcomes for the public, disaster responders, and healthcare professionals involved in a disaster.  The ANCC is currently looking for individuals who would be interested in participating in the field test of the exams.  Field testers complete a 175-item, computer-based field test administered through remote proctoring, allowing volunteers to take the test at home.  The field test takes no longer than 4 hours, The purpose of the field test is to evaluate statistical properties of newly written test items. No preparation is required and all field testers receive financial compensation.  Complete the short eligibility survey or contact .  Field testing concludes on January 13, 2017.
  • The PA History Society is now accepting applications for the position of Student PA Trustee to serve on the Society’s Board.  The student PA will serve a one-year term from January 1 – December 31, 2017; with a second, optional one-year term in 2018.  The student PA will serve as a full voting member of the board.  The student PA will be expected to participate in the bi-annual meetings, summer conference call, and serve on one committee.  The Society will cover the hotel, flight, and meal expenses for the student Trustee to attend the bi-annual board meetings.

  • The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting nominations to fill vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD).  Specifically, HRSA is requesting nominations for voting members of ACTPCMD representing: Family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, and physician assistant programs. 

Commissions and work groups

Governance Commission  
Nominating Work Group  
Constituent Relations Work Group  
Judicial Affairs Commission                                       
Commission on Research and Strategic Initiatives 
Commission on Government Relations and Practice Advancement
Commission on Continuing Professional Development and Education    
Commission on the Health of the Public