2014 SAAAPA Assembly of Representatives2014 SAAAPA Assembly of RepresentativesAmy McCormick, a second-year UAB Physician Assistant student, recently returned from the AAPA annual conference where she was a member of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) Assembly of Representatives. This was the first year the University of Alabama at Birmingham sent an in-person representative.

“It was tedious at times when the debates became lengthy over the semantics of a proposal but overall it was so fascinating to see a group of students come together and agree and disagree civilly,” said McCormick, who graduates from UAB in December. “We were all focused on bringing up ideas and ways to improve our education and our profession and to do it in an organized manner. And I believe that we made a difference.”

The AOR is the governing body of the SAAAPA and. Each year, the AOR meets to debate and vote on issues relating to the PA profession and education. Votes that pass the AOR go on to the AAPA House of Delegates for final approval.

McCormick, who also serves as secretary of the UAB second-year PA class, said the AOR discussed and voted, among other things, to create a National Physician Assistant Leadership Institute and an Oral Health Task Force,

The UAB PA program, ranked among the best Physician Assistant programs in the U.S. according to U.S. News & World Report, is housed in the School of Health Professions Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences.