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The PHSAPA is a constituent chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).The PHSAPA is the national organization for active duty and retired Physician Assistant Officers of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG).  We also represent civilian Physician Assistants who are employed within the federal government.

2022 COF Symposium

Congratulations to all USPHS 2022 Promoted PAs

Selected for Captain (O-6)

Brian Burt

Joseph Newcomb

Alnissa Shaw

Stephen Smith

Selected for Commander (O-5)

Julie Cure

Matthew David

Scott Miller

Cari Ritter

William Zarychta

2022 U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps 

Physician Assistant of the Year

2022 Senior Physician Assistant of the Year RADM Epifanio Elizondo Award to CAPT (sel.) Brian Burt

2021 Junior Physician Assistant of the Year RADM Michael Milner Award to Lieutenant Commander Brandon Wyche

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Award Reviews 

The PAPAG Awards subcommittee members are ready to help review your award narratives!  

If you are interested in having your award reviewed, submit the award narrative and any relevant documents (specific agency format/templates, etc.) to

LCDR Gina Tomkus, PAPAG Awards Subcommittee Chair, at 

Interested in Volunteering with the PHSAPA?

The PHSAPA is always in need of volunteers interested in supporting the professional name change workgroup, PA professional development, PA student recruitment and other activities.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact CAPT Tracy Branch at 

PA is About to Get a New Meaning

Physician Assistant to Physician Associate Name Change

 Have you heard, the Physician Assistant profession is about to become the Physician Associate profession. Learn more about the change here.

Frequently Asked Questions related to the name change have been developed and will be updated regularly. Visit the link to learn more.

 Do you have questions about the title change? You can email your questions to

Next Meeting of the PHSAPA

Wednesday, 4 January 2022

2000-2100 ET

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Meeting ID: 835 0443 4118

Conference Call #: 301 715 8592

Passcode: 835 0443 4118

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