NAPA Members and the Navy PA Community: Due to a lack of command funding across the Navy for Navy PAs to attend the 2019 AAPA Annual Conference in Denver from May 18-22, NAPA will NOT to hold it’s annual NAPA meeting there this year, but will still hold a Navy PA and NAPA member social gathering during the AAPA Conference. The annual NAPA meeting will be moved to Portsmouth, VA this year to be held in conjunction with the NAPA East Symposium on October 16-17, 2019. An estimated 30 or more PAs will be in attendance. For those who cannot attend or are on the west coast we plan to broadcast the symposium via NAPA Facebook live video for all to tune in.  The date and time is still to be determined. Please stay tuned for specifics, once finalized we will be emailing our members, as well as posting for all to see on our NAPA website and NAPA Facebook page. Thank you. 

NAPA Elections 2019: The following positions are taking nominations for 2019 NAPA leadership positions: NAPA President-Elect, NAPA Student Director, NAPA-East and NAPA-West President, Vice-President and Secretary. If you know (or are) a Navy PA who wants to make a direct impact, please nominate them by 01 May 2019 to be considered. Please see our Leadership Opportunities page here for more information.

Find useful career related information below from Navy PA Assistant Specialty Leaders


Officer Record Management

Each officer is responsible for ensuring his/her record is up to date. Keep in mind that the Promotion Board sees your Officer Summary Record (OSR) and Performance Summary Record (PSR) when voting on your record “in the tank”. The Board Member assigned to brief your record also reviews your FITREPS, Awards, and other supporting documentation to prepare notes that assist them in briefing your record to the other members. While you should verify the accuracy of your entire record, you should focus your efforts on ensuring that your OSR, PSR, FITREPS, and Awards are accurate and up-to-date. Use the link below and find the Officer Record Management Brief to guide you on where to go to request updates to the various areas of your record. Keep in mind that the update process can be slow. So, start early in your career and a good rule of thumb is to verify the accuracy of your record at least once per year.

BUPERS Officer Record Update instructions

Officer Record Management Brief (link should be most recent. Or use this local copy if unavailable)

An extended slide deck on Record Maintenance and Promotion Board Prep (credit to LCDR William Hill, MSC, USN)

Another excellent resource is CDR Joel Schofer’s "Promo Prep" from the "Navy Medical Corps Career Blog" he manages.


How to find orders in NSIPS:

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NSIPS Web Site:


Special Pays Information

Special Pays info can be found at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery's Special Pays Website:

Letter templates for submission of the Special Pays requests are also linked to from that site and can be found here:

Consolidated Special Pays:

Here is a brief from Navy Medicine Special Pays Program Director about the Consolidated Special Pays Program

Consolidated Special Pays Program Brief


PANRE Reimbursement Instructions

BUMED Instruction 1500.20A Policies And Procedures For Funding Professional Credentials And Certification Examinations

Sample Letter for application for reimbursement

CO endorsement template for application for reimbursement


Credentialing Requirements

The Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Instruction (BUMEDINST) 6010.30 of 27 Mar 2015 lays out credentialing information for Physician Assistants. In Enclosure 4, Credentialing Requirements for Licensed Independent Practitioners, #5, letter m:

m. Physician Assistant (PA). Successful completion of a training program for PAs recognized by Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and current certification by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), in addition to the following requirements:

(1) Collaboration Requirements. A physician collaborator must be appointed and endorse the application for clinical privileges. An alternate physician must be appointed in writing to act in the absence of the primary collaborator. Routine peer reviews will be conducted by the physician collaborator.

(a) PAs will have access to a physician for the purpose of advice and collaboration. This access may be telephonically or via e-mail. PA subspecialty privileges must occur under the clinical supervision of a physician specialist in the same specialty (i.e., an orthopedic PA must be supervised by an orthopedic surgeon).

(b) Consultation with the collaborating physician must be sought and documented when complex cases or complications are encountered. Consultation may include, but is not limited to, discussion of the case before or in the course of treatment, or timely review and discussion following disposition of the case.

(2) Physician Assistant Specialists and Non-core Privileges. Requires completion of a relevant PA fellowship. Additional clarification on the granting of non-core privileges for PAs as follows:

(a) The uniformed PA must be eligible for, and granted the PA core privileges to meet the needs of the Navy, prior to the granting of PA subspecialty non-core privileges (i.e., Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, etc.).

(b) For civilian PAs, contractual language or position description sets the scope of practice, (i.e., Orthopedic PA, Urology PA, etc.). The civilian PA employed specifically as a PA subspecialist is not required to be granted core PA privileges; itemized privileges can be granted to define the civilian PA’s scope of practice required for employment.

Confer page 53 of attached document BUMEDINST 6010.30