The 1998 House of Delegates of the AAPA granted specialty organization recognition to the Association of Psychiatric Physician Assistants at their meeting in Salt Lake City. Founding member Bill Hardy, PA-C, Tyler Texas, applied for recognition. The first meeting of the APPA was held on May 27,1998 in Salt Lake City. The following members attending; Phyllis Peterson, Lubbock, TX, Bill Hardy, Tyler, TX, Will Mosier, EdD, PA-C, Florida and Jeffrey Schwarz New York, NY. The meeting included review of the bylaws with a suggestion to add HOD Delegate and Alternate to officers. There was also discussion and consensus that the group would focus on adding members and organizing a core curriculum for the 1999 AAPA Conference in Atlanta on psychiatry with the AAPA planning committee.
The Association of PAs In Psychiatry (APAP) is organized for educational, research, publication, and charitable purposes. Accordingly, the purposes of this association are to:
Serve as an information gathering and sharing site for PAs in psychiatry, PA Education Training Programs, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Physician Assistant Education Programs, and other disciplines related to the training, professional roles, and standards for PAs in Psychiatry.
The primary goals of the Association of PAs In Psychiatry (APAP) is to collect, organize, and present information that will help to define and promote the unique professional skills of PAs who practice in the field of mental and psychiatry. Our hope is that as we collectively define our profession, based on each of our individual accomplishments in the practice of psychiatry, we will be able to progress in such areas as: