Councils & Committees

This is a list of all current PAEA councils, committees, subcommittees, and other groups. Questions regarding council or committee work can be directed to

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Assessment Council

  • The Assessment Council (AC) oversees the development and implementation of student testing services within PAEA, ensuring that products align with program and student needs. Housed within the AC are the PACKRAT Committee and three Rotation Exam Review Committees (RERC), each charged with writing PACKRAT™ and End of Rotation™ examinations.

Awards Committee

  • The Awards Committee develops and oversees a fair and inclusive process to recognize the significant contributions of PAEA members through annual awards by assessing current awards and making recommendations to the board, as

CAS Enhancements Committee

Committee on Clinical Education

  • The committee provides resources, facilitates initiatives and supports integration of clinical experiences throughout the continuum of entry-level PA education, guiding transition into team-based practice

Committee on Didactic Education

  • The committee develops and oversees resources and initiatives related to the didactic phase of entry-level PA education

Conference Council

  • The Conference Council promotes the excellence of PA education through ongoing professional development and networking of PA program faculty and others involved in PA education, including, but not limited to, PAEA’s Annual Education Forum and the AAPA Annual Conference. The committee’s main responsibilities revolve around the Annual Education Forum. The committee solicits proposals for education sessions at the Forum, reviews the submissions in a blinded process, schedules the presentations, and moderates and evaluates the sessions.

Cultural Competencies Review Committee

Curriculum Council

  • The council identifies, evaluates and responds to trends and innovations in medical education and practice, and also guides and recommends the enhancement of curricular resources. The council oversees and works side-by-side with both the Committee on Clinical Education and the Committee on Didactic Education to address the broader needs within the PA education continuum.

Ethics Council

  • Develops resources to educate member programs about the PAEA Code of Ethics, reviews and evaluates annual council/committee disclosure of conflict of interest forms, and upholds the PAEA Code of Ethics. As part of its effort to review potential ethics violations or conflicts of interest, the Ethics Council, will, as necessary, conduct investigations to determine if there has been a violation of the Code of Ethics.

External Liaisons

Faculty Development Council

  • The FDI promotes the professional development of PA program faculty and staff through enrichment, knowledge, and skills in the areas of education, scholarship, management, and leadership. It accomplishes this goal by developing and presenting seminars, webinars, certificate programs, and materials for the PAEA website.

Finance Council

  • The Finance Council’s main responsibilities revolve around developing the Association’s annual budget, overseeing the transition of investment services, monitoring investment outcomes, assessing financial impact of motions as appropriate, and maintaining the Financial Policies and Procedures Manual. Committee members must be well-versed in the preparation of budgets: able to review financial statements from the prior year so as to identify areas where adjustments may be needed; capable of reviewing investment performance reports; and able to review tax documents to ensure the document presents the organization fairly and accurately.

Governance Council

  • This council ensures that PAEA’s governing processes and procedures are both appropriate and effective in meeting the needs of the Association and its members. It works with other committees to incorporate committee procedures into the PAEA policy and procedures manual.

Government Relations & External Affairs Council

  • The Government Relations & External Affairs Council is charged with ensuring that the Association’s advocacy efforts effectively address PA education issues on the national level. The committee’s major functions are to: contribute to and monitor the Association’s legislative agenda and advocacy strategy, promote greater interaction by faculty and students with federal policymakers, advocate for greater inclusion of PAs in federal programs, advocate for increased amounts of public funding for PA education programs, and build new strategic partnerships with other associations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies related to PAEA’s advocacy agenda.

Inclusion & Diversity Council

  • The standing charge of the IDC is to promote diversity and inclusion within PA education, including applicants, students, and faculty. The committee focuses on this aspect as it relates to health care disparities and workforce issues.

International Clinical Rotations Subcommittee

Leadership Development & Recruitment Council

  • LDRC’s charge is to facilitate the recruitment of qualified prospective leaders for the Association and the process by which members get to know candidates, as well as to provide information for potential candidates to help form their decision-making. One future initiative is to develop leadership competencies for the Association. LDRC members are expected to bring prior leadership experience to their role on the committee.


  • The committee provides oversight for the maintenance and enhancement of the PACKRAT™ exam, constructing a new version of PACKRAT each year

Project Access Committee

Recruitment & Admissions Council (formerly CASPA)

  • Included in its charge to provide oversight for the maintenance and enhancement of the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) service, the committee serves as an admissions resource for PA programs; develops program recruitment strategies, identifies barriers to participation; develops strategies to increase applicant data sharing among programs; reports on the applicant pool, trends, and other related data; and provides workshops for CASPA participating programs on best practices for admissions.

Recruitment & Retention Committee

Research Council

  • The charge of the Research Council is to recommend research priorities for the Association, encourage the dissemination of PA educational research, foster faculty scholarship and educate faculty regarding Association and other data sources that support research.

Rotation Exam Review Committee: Emergency Medicine/Surgery

  • The RERCs oversee specific End of Rotation™ examinations. One committee focuses on the development of the Internal Medicine and Family Medicine End of Rotation, another on the Pediatrics, Women’s Health, and Psychiatric End of Rotation™ exams, and the third one on the Emergency Medicine and Surgery End of Rotation™ exams.

Rotation Exam Review Committee: Internal/Family Medicine

Rotation Exam Review Committee: Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Psychiatry

Student Advisory Task Force

Workshop Committee

Special Committees and Other Groups

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