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 volunteer@aapa.org.

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 form (PDF).

Current volunteer opportunities:

  • 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.

  • Apply to be a medical liaison: In search of PAs who love the politics of specialty medicine, are fellow members of AAPA, belong to a relevant PA specialty society, are recognized by their peers, are grace under fire, the picture of restraint yet speak strongly when needed, are coalition builders, dealmakers, and tireless advocates for the PA profession. Deadline is March 1, 2016.
  • Check out the Student Academy Volunteer Groups and apply today! Questions? Email students@aapa.org.
  • Help champion a new private online community for AAPA members. We’re seeking social media savvy (or simply enthused)individuals to help us build a thriving online community of PAs and PA students (Note: you must be a fellow, retiried or student member to participate). 

  • 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

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