Excellence Through Diversity Award

Award Information

This award recognizes the outstanding commitments and achievements of a PAEA member program that has made noteworthy contributions to promoting diversity in all elements of PA education.

The deadline to submit your nomination(s) has been extended. It is now 11:59 p.m. ET on June 1, 2021.


Nominees must demonstrate substantial contributions in all of the following areas:

  • Outreach to and recruitment from diverse and underserved populations
  • Training and educational experiences for faculty and students
  • Research and scholarship pertaining to diversity and the inclusion process
  • Leadership and advocacy related to diversity

Requirements and materials

Nomination Letter

Nomination letter describing in detail how the award criteria were met

Letter of Support

Two letters of support addressing the author’s first-hand knowledge of the nominee with relation to all of the award criteria

Program Director Letter Submission

One of the required letters, either the nomination letter or one of the letters of support, must be submitted by the program director.

Diversity Statement

Your program’s diversity statement or definition of diversity

Excellence Through Diversity Award

Submit A Nomination


  • Complimentary 2020 PAEA Education Forum registration for one representative of the program
  • Crystal award
  • Check for $500
  • Recognition at the Education Forum Awards Ceremony

2020 Recipient

Tour University California

  • 2019 – Northern Arizona University
  • 2018 – Rutgers University Physician Assistant Program
  • 2017 – UT Southwestern, School of Health Professions
  • 2016 – University of Oklahoma, Tulsa
  • 2015 – University of Southern California Primary Care PA Program
  • 2014 – Duke University PA Program
  • 2013 – University of South Alabama
  • 2011 – University of Toledo PA Program
  • 2010 – John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital/Malcolm X College
  • 2008 – San Joaquin Valley College Primary Care PA Program
  • 2007 – University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • 2006 – University of Washington MEDEX Northwest
  • 2005 – University of Texas Pan American
  • 2004 – SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • 2003 – Native American Track, Arizona School of Health Sciences