Utah Academy of Physician Assistants

URGENT: UAPA Awards and Elections

Posted 12 months ago by Jennifer Johnson

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Hello Utah Academy of Physician Assistant Members:


It’s that time of year again.   We are seeking nominations for awards and elections!   


This year is a perfect opportunity to get off the sidelines and into the game and help make this the best state to practice as a PA.  UAPA needs all PAs in Utah to support our profession.   Getting involved on the UAPA board is a great way to give back to the profession and make a real difference for the PAs practicing in Utah. 


We also love to recognize those PAs and MDs that are doing a great job out there with distinguished awards from the UAPA. 




All nominations for awards can be sent to Amanda Johns:  ajohns@upap.utah.edu  by March 1st.  Below are the descriptions for all of the awards.   We all know PAs/MDs that fit these descriptions, please send their names in so they can be recognized at our annual conference in St. George in April. 


The Eric Heaton Lifetime Service AwardThis award goes to someone who has dedicated a large part of their life or career to service. It could be service to patients in the role of provider, it could be service to a population or group of people such as: migrant workers, homeless persons, battered women. It could be service to an organization such as: our own UAPA, the Red Cross, Salvation Army etc.


MD of the Year – Some qualities of this award winner could be: A role model for anyone in health care. They are compassionate, caring and passionate about practicing the art of medicine. They are enthusiastic teachers as well as active learners. This is someone you would send your family to see without reservation. 


Humanitarian PA of the Year – Someone who has tried to make a difference in the lives of others beyond just practicing medicine. This person demonstrates kindness and compassion impartially to without distinction in regard to gender, sexual orientation, race, geographic location, religion, or nationality.  


Rural PA of the Year – This person possesses the qualities that you feel define PA excellence and practices in a rural setting.

Again, the deadline is March 15th so act now and nominate some deserving PAs and MDs. 




Elections will be held in May 2019, but nominations will be accepted now until April 30th, 2019.   Please submit nominations to Amanda Johns: ajohns@upap.utah.edu for any position. 


The elected positions open for 2019 are: 

  • President Elect
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Region 1 & 3 Member at Large representatives. (You must live in Region 1 to represent the PAs in that area and the same for Region 3). 
  • Junior Delegate


This is a link to the job descriptions for each Board of Director Position: https://utahapa.mypanetwork.com/bylaws-and-meeting-minutes/1-bylaws-from-05-25-2017

then scroll down to ARTICLE VII, 7.00: Duties of the Board of Directors. 


There are other committees in UAPA that could use your help for this upcoming year.  Please consider getting involved!   Below are some examples of committees that are looking for additional members

  • Legislative
  • Membership
  • Reimbursement
  • John M. Allen Memorial CME conference


Thank you for your consideration of UAPA awards and elections.   Please be thinking about being a voice for the PA profession.


Amanda Moloney-Johns, MPAS, PA-C

Vice President, UAPA