Head of Physician Assistant Studies Named Chair of Governance Commission for AAPA

High Point University Professor Linda Sekhon

HIGH POINT, N.C., June 11, 2013 – Dr. Linda Sekhon, chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at High Point University, was recently appointed as chair of the Governance Commission for the American Academy of Physician Assistants – the national professional society for physician assistants.

Sekhon, who has served as a member of the Governance Commission for the past several years, will serve as chair from June 2013 to June 2014. She will be responsible for overseeing the activities of various work groups and task forces that are under the umbrella of the Governance Commission, which includes the AAPA Nominating and Constituent Relations Work Groups.

“The opportunity to serve the physician assistant profession in this capacity is not only rewarding but serves as an example to our students,” Sekhon says. “It is my hope that HPU physician assistant students develop a passion for their intended profession early in their academic life, and quickly develop the necessary skills to become academic and professional leaders in the physician assistant community.”

The Governance Commission includes the chair, four committee members and three staff advisers. The group provides organizational structure and compliance, as well as oversight and guidance of the volunteer leadership within the group.

The AAPA represents a profession of more than 90,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and within the uniformed services. AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. It works to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of physician assistants and to enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered health care.

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