2024 PA of the Year Award Application

Applications for the 2024 AAPA PA of the Year Award will now be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. 
This award honors a PA who, within the course of a one-year period, demonstrates exemplary service to the community; exemplifies the PA profession’s philosophy of providing accessible, quality healthcare to all; and furthers the image of the profession in a positive, meaningful way. 

Application Tips:

  • The deadline for completed applications, with all supporting documentation, is 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. Applications and supporting materials received after this date will not be considered.
  • Be as complete as possible when answering the questions below.
  • Ensure all dates, organization names, committee titles, etc. are clearly and accurately stated.
  • Only electronic applications and supporting documentation will be accepted.
  • 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.
  • All submitted documents must be in PDF format. To convert a Word document to a PDF, follow the instructions found here
  • Any questions regarding the process should be emailed to AAPA staff at awards@aapa.org.

PA of the Year Award Eligibilty:

  • Applicant must be a current AAPA fellow member in good standing. 
  • Applicant may not be a current AAPA Board member or staff, or staff of an AAPA constituent organization at the time of nomination or award.

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Applicant Information

By checking this box, I acknowledge that I have read the eligibility guidelines (above) for the 2024 PA of the Year Award and that I meet all of the eligibility criteria. *

Summary of Professional and Volunteer Achievements

In a one-page document, respond to the following prompt. Please upload your summary as a PDF.

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. 

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. 

Personal Statement

Choose one of the prompts below and respond in 500 words or fewer. Please upload your personal statement as a one-page PDF.

Prompt 1: What challenges have you overcome in your personal or professional life, and what did you learn from those experiences?

Prompt 2: How do your background, identity, and personal interests impact how you serve your patients, your community, and the PA profession?

Letter(s) 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 should be addressed to AAPA Awards Committee Members.
  • Letters of recommendation may come from anyone who is familiar with the applicant’s activities. Letter writers may not be current AAPA Board members or staff.
  • 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 academic setting
    • 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. 

Supporting Documentation

A maximum of two supporting documents that total (when combined) four pages in length may be included with your application. Examples include news articles, academic articles, documentation of other awards, or other relevant items.

The deadline for all completed applications is 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision in March 2024. If you have any questions about the awards or the process, please contact awards@aapa.org.

Thank you for taking part in the 2024 AAPA Awards program.