Student elected chief delegate of the American Academy of Physician Associates’ Student Academy

Alec Williams '22, MHS '24, has been elected chief delegate of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Associates.

As chief delegate, Williams will lead a group of 33 physician assistant students from across the country.

“Together, we work with other constituent organizations to create a new policy, amend current policy and submit resolutions centered around issues of importance to the student perspective,” he said. “These policies act as philosophy to guide the direction of our profession moving forward. Additionally, I serve as a board member for the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Associates."

Founded in 1968, the AAPA is the national professional society for physician assistants. It represents a profession of more than 168,000 individuals across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and the uniformed services.

AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients physician assistants serve. The academy works to ensure professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of the field. It also works to enhance physician assistants' ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare.

“The physician assistant program is proud of Alec’s election to this position,” said Tim Ferrarotti, assistant professor, chair and director of Quinnipiac's physician assistant program. “He is an excellent student and demonstrates the leadership skills that the program values in its students and graduates. He is following in a long tradition of leadership at the state and national physician assistant organization levels.”

Williams, who graduated with a Master of Health Science from Quinnipiac in 2022, has a passion for healthcare.

“My education at Quinnipiac and experiences from previous roles have helped me understand what it means to be a true advocate for our profession,” he said. “As I like to say, PA really stands for ‘patient advocate.’ As physician assistants,  we are in a unique role to have both medical knowledge but a scope of practice allowing us to go beyond the robotic regurgitation of a textbook. We are trained to utilize our diverse knowledge to facilitate growth and communication within our scope of serving patients, families and the broader healthcare team alike.”

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