NAPA Awards Program

Naval Association of Physician Assistants (NAPA) - 2017 PA of the Year Awards

The following awards are established in recognition of individual contributions to the advancement of the Navy Physician Assistant role in medicine, leadership and scholarly endeavors. Nominations must be received by 31 MARCH 2017 for the Awards Committee to consider. All nominations must be sent to LT Ari Doucette, NAPA Awards Chair. (NAPA members will find his contact info in the online member directory. Others may use our Contact Us page.) A sample nomination is included on the document attached below.

Awards will be presented at the annual NAPA General Membership meeting to be held May 2017 during the AAPA Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Nomination packages must contain a detailed account of verifiable accomplishments for the period of 02 March 2016 - 01 March 2017. Complete packages will include:

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages and must include a command endorsement)
  • Nomination For Award
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Biography

Selection will be based upon a weighted evaluation of the information provided in the nomination package. The NAPA Awards Chair will head the selection committee, which will be comprised of the NAPA Board of Directors. Those selected will be recognized at the annual NAPA meeting, and will be posted on the NAPA web site as well as the NAPA newsletter. All awardees will receive an engraved, commemorative plaque.

Award categories:

  • NAPA Leadership Award - This award honors an outstanding Navy Physician Assistant during the current year. Nominees must be 0-3 or above, active duty, reserve or retiree. Current NAPA BOD Officers are not eligible. The award nomination should include a 1-2 page cover letter introducing the candidate and an accompanying document titled "Nomination for Award" with the following headings:
    • LEADERSHIP, PROFESSIONALISM, DEDICATION TO QUALITY MEDICAL CARE, ENHANCEMENT OF THE IMAGE OF PAs, INVOLVEMENT IN NAPA, AAPA, LOCAL/STATE/REGIONAL PA AFFAIRS, and OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS.
  • NAPA Excellence Award - This award honors an outstanding Navy Physician Assistant during the current year with less than four years commissioned service. Nominees must be on active duty or in the reserves. Current NAPA BOD Officers are not eligible. The award nomination should include a 1-2 page cover letter introducing the candidate and an accompanying document entitled "Nomination for Award" with the following headings:
    • LEADERSHIP, PROFESSIONALISM, DEDICATION TO QUALITY MEDICAL CARE, ENHANCEMENT OF THE IMAGE OF PAs, INVOLVEMENT IN NAPA, AAPA, LOCAL/STATE/REGIONAL PA AFFAIRS, and OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS.
  • NAPA Admiral Zimble Award - This award will honor two outstanding PA Preceptors, one in medicine and one in surgery. Nominees must be DoD physicians that support and help advance the PA profession and the PA-Physician Team approach to medical delivery. The award nomination should include a 1-2 page cover letter introducing the physician for the award and an accompanying document entitled "Nomination For Award" outlining the nominee’s distinguishing support for the PA-Physician Team concept through: direct professional involvement and preceptorship of PAs; contributions to PA professional growth through formal and informal tutelage in current medical practices, leadership qualities, professionalism, and dedication to quality care.
  • NAPA Lifetime Achievement Award - This award honors an outstanding Navy Physician Assistant who has made a significant impact on the Navy Physician Assistant community. Nominees must have been on active duty (retired or currently active) or in the reserves. Current NAPA BOD officers are not eligible; but prior involvement in the NAPA BOD is a plus. The award nomination should include a 1-2 page cover letter introducing the candidate and an accompanying document entitled "Nomination for Award" with the following headings:
    • STATEMENT OF WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY AND NAPA. HOW WERE THEY INSTRUMENTAL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPECIALTY? (SHOW A TRACK RECORD OF MENTORSHIP).
  • Ensign Jerry "Buck" Pope Scholarship Award - This award is for the best publication or ongoing research by an active duty, reserve or retired Navy Physician Assistant who has had an article published in a regional or national medical periodical either as the sole author or one of a team of authors or is a named researcher in an approved research project. The award is intended to recognize the efforts put forth by that PA which are above and beyond the normal scope of our professional endeavors and are of a quality to be published for the education and betterment of our profession as a whole. This is an award, not a grant, and it is not required that the recipient use the money for any specific expenses. The only stipulation is that the recipient must complete the work for which the award is given within three years of the award and provide the Naval Association of Physician Assistants with a bound and electronic copy of the completed work. The award nomination should include a 1-2 page cover letter introducing the candidate and an accompanying document entitled "Nomination for Award" with the following headings:
    • LEADERSHIP, PROFESSIONALISM, DEDICATION TO QUALITY MEDICAL CARE, ENHANCEMENT OF THE IMAGE OF PAs, INVOLVEMENT IN NAPA, AAPA, LOCAL/STATE/REGIONAL PA AFFAIRS, and COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION OF PUBLISHED WORK OR RESEARCH.

Please Forward to your Command Leaders and look at your peers for candidates

Sample Nomination Form may be found in this document: NAPA Award 2017 announcments