Special Interest Groups

Are you looking to network with fellow educators who care as much as you do about a specific topic or issue? Do you want to share your experiences and learn from others in a particular area? Special Interest Groups (SIG) provide the opportunity to do just that.

If you are a PAEA member, simply join the relevant PLC in our member community and begin connecting with your colleagues from across the country.

  • Interprofessional Education
    Join members of this SIG to discuss the evolving role of interprofessional education in PA programs, how it is being incorporated into PA education curricula, and to share ideas about your own interprofessional education experiences and interests.
  • Minority Faculty Leadership
    Join members of this SIG to discuss the unique opportunities and challenges of underrepresented minority PA faculty, working together to identify issues of importance, develop approaches to encourage minority representation in PA education, and share ways to support members across programs.
  • Northeastern PA Programs
    This SIG welcomes PA educators to discuss unique opportunities and challenges for PA programs located in the northeast region of the United States.
  • PA Programs in Academic Health Centers and Medical Schools
    Join members of this SIG for discussion about the perceived advantages of PA programs within academic health centers and medical schools over PA programs in other academic settings, as well as the reality that these programs have unique challenges and concerns. The purpose of this SIG is to identify and share issues and best practices, consider opportunities and threats, and promote the development of PA programs within these settings.
  • PA Programs in Catholic Institutions
    Please stop by to meet your colleagues and discuss the unique challenges and opportunities encountered by PA programs housed in Catholic educational institutions. Topics of interest include scholarly collaboration, developing shared assessment instruments to aid benchmarking, and developing student leaders.
  • PA Christian Educators
  • Problem-Based Learning
    Join members of this SIG for discussion about the practices of problem-based learning (PBL) among PA programs. Whether you already use PBL, or are considering using it, this session will explore types of PBL applications, resources, and developing PBL exercises.
  • Resilience and Well-Being
  • Sexual and Gender Minority/LGBTQ+ Health
  • Simulation in PA Education
    Join members of the SIG for an update on simulation use among PA programs while developing opportunities for professional collaboration on simulation-based projects. Leadership opportunities are available for interested individuals.
  • Western PA Programs
    This SIG, also known as the Western Consortium, welcomes PA educators to discuss unique opportunities and challenges for PA programs based in the Western region of the United States.

Want to start a new SIG?

To be recognized as a special interest group, the organizing individuals must provide the following information, in writing, to the Board of Directors for consideration:

  • A statement of purpose that includes how the special interest group’s focus is consistent with the Association’s mission and values
  • An identified facilitator who serves as a liaison between the group and the BOD
  • A petition that contains at a minimum eight signatures of Program Representatives, from at least three different Member Programs

Read more on page 39 of the PAEA Policies and Procedures manual.


For questions or to submit your proposal for a new special interest group, please send us an email.