Uncle Sam Needs You! – CLOSED

The federal government, specifically the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), values the input of PA faculty and uses that feedback as it develops and monitors federal policy. There are opportunities to serve on national advisory committees — all you need to do is apply.

Currently, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the DHHS is requesting nominations to fill vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). This committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of DHHS on policy, program development, and other matters of significance. They also develop and issue a report each year on ways to enhance Title VII (that’s the part of the law that pertains, in part, to PA education funding).

Recently, HRSA implemented a process of collecting nominations and applications on a rolling basis for a number of its advisory committees. Now, instead of periodic calls for nominations with a specific opening and deadline, they are collecting these and placing them in a database in order to more quickly respond to vacancies. This will also allow other agencies within HRSA to consider applicants. For example, if you were to apply for committee membership on ACTPCMD, you could potentially be considered for a vacancy on the National Health Service Corps advisory committee.

It is vitally important that PA education has a voice on these influential advisory groups. For more information, contact PAEA Chief Policy & Research Officer Tony Miller at For application requirements, visit the Call for Nominations.