AAPA AWARDS APPLICATION

PA OF THE YEAR AWARD, PA STUDENT OF THE YEAR, MILITARY SERVICE AWARD, PUBLISHING AWARD AND AAPA & PAEA PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD AND OUTSTANDING STUDENT SOCIETY AWARD

AAPA’s Awards recognize exceptional PAs for their impact on the profession, on their patients and on healthcare. This application is for the following AAPA Awards: the PA of the Year, PA Student of the Year, Military Service, Publishing, AAPA & PAEA Preceptor of the Year, and Outstanding Student Society.

Application Tips:

  • The deadline for completed applications, with all supporting documentation is midnight ESTFebruary 15, 2019. Applications and supporting materials received after this date will not be considered.
  • Be as complete as possible when answering the questions below. If a question does not apply to your situation, simply write N/A.
  • Ensure all dates, organization names, committee titles, etc. are clearly and accurately stated.
  • Only electronic applications and supporting documentation will be accepted.
  • Complete applications should include electronic copies of:
    • Applicant’s curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Applicant’s answers to the questions below
    • No more than two letters of recommendation
    • A maximum of two secondary documents supporting the application
  • All materials and supporting documentation must be uploaded and submitted using the form below. 
  • No application will be considered complete at time of submission without all supporting documentation.
  • Any questions regarding the process should be emailed to Kodi Erb at awards@aapa.org
Candidate Information
Please indicate the award for which you are applying or nominating:  *


Publishing Award Application ONLY

Upload a PDF of the original article with the byline visible and a PDF of the article with the byline removed.


Outstanding Student Society Award ONLY

Submit a PowerPoint presentation of your PA program’s events for the last year (January 2018-December 2018) in the specified categories. Submit a maximum of 12 events (up to 3 for each category). Applicants may submit only one slide per event. Programs may not reuse presentations from previous years. Presentations must be structured with this format:

  • Slide 1: Name of PA program including campus/city of program
  • Slide 2: Table of contents--list of all events being submitted in the presentation, including category
  • Slide 3+: One slides for each event should include:
    • Slide Title: Name of Event and Category
      • Public education and advocacy of profession
      • Public service and outreach
      • Promotion of diversity
      • Professional involvement
    • Photo(s) from Event
      • Photo caption(s) – 1 sentence summary per photo
    • Notes Section of PowerPoint
      • Date of event
      • Impact of the event (event description and impact/influence of event) – 1 paragraph or less

PA of the Year, PA Student of the Year, Military Service Award, Preceptor of the Year Award

Answer the following questions as they relate to your award in a word or pdf document to be included with your application materials:

  1. PA of the Year, PA Student of the Year, Military Service, Preceptor Awards:  Describe your professional achievements which demonstrate exemplary service to the PA profession and the community, and which further demonstrate the critical contributions of PAs to healthcare delivery by expanding access and providing quality care to the medically underserved.  Include examples of challenges encountered and strategies employed to overcome these challenges.   
  2. PA of the Year, PA Student of the Year, Military Service, Preceptor Awards:  Describe your local, national, military or international volunteer achievements as they relate to the award for which you are applying. Include when and where you have performed any volunteer patient education or health promotion activities outside of your practice.
  3. Preceptor Award:  Provide evidence of a commitment to excellence in the clinical education of PA students as a mentor, role model and instructor. List when and where you have served as an active volunteer lecturer, clinical instructor, group leader, advisor/mentor for a PA program. Also list when and where you have served as a volunteer preceptor with PA students in your practice (rotations of 4 or more weeks).

PA of the Year, PA Student of the Year, Military Service Award, Preceptor of the Year Award Letters of Recommendation: 
Please provide no more than two, one-page letters of recommendation related to service on behalf of the PA profession. Letters of recommendation must be uploaded below and received with your application.

  • Letters of recommendation may come from anyone who is familiar with the applicant’s activities.
  • Letters of recommendation should specify in detail why the applicant is qualified for the award. Anecdotes illustrating outstanding service are helpful to the Awards Committee. Here are some examples:
    • Include evidence of service beyond routine work in the practice, hospital or academically
    • Describe the applicant’s personal sacrifice associated with serving patients and the community
    • Describe the applicant’s leadership qualities
    • Provide examples that demonstrate mutual respect for other health professionals, educators and support teamwork
    • Include activities of the applicant that have had a positive impact on the image of the PA profession
    • If applicable, include commendations, awards, medals and honors the applicant has received. 


PA of the Year, PA Student of the Year, Military Service Award, Preceptor of the Year Award Supporting Documentation

Up to a maximum of two secondary documents, that total no more than four pages in length, may be included with your application.



The deadline for all completed applications is February 15.  Awardees will be announced in mid-March.  If you have any questions about the awards or the process please contact Kodi Erb at awards@aapa.org.

Thank you for taking part in the AAPA's Awards Program.