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.

NAPA Awards Program

Call for nominations: 2019 - Naval Association of Physician Assistants (NAPA) 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 01 APRIL 2019 for the Awards Committee to consider. All nominations must be sent to LT Jason Ehrhart, NAPA Awards Chair: . A sample nomination is included on the document attached below.

Awards will be presented at the annual NAPA meeting to be held May 2019 during the AAPA Conference in Denver, CO.
Nomination packages must contain a detailed account of verifiable accomplishments for the period of 02 March 2018 - 01 March 2019.

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 below:

NAPA Awards Sample

NAPA Award LOR Example

NAPA Award Endorsement Example