The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) seeks applicants via nominations, by others or self-declared, for a Commissioner position on the ARC-PA Clinical Postgraduate Sub-Commission.  The ARC-PA is the recognized accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and PA profession by defining the Standards for PA education and evaluating PA educational programs to ensure their compliance with those Standards.

The public commissioner serves as a consumer advocate, representing the public interest in relation to the accreditation of Clinical Postgraduate programs. The public commissioner is required to attend the triannual – (March, June and September) meetings of the ARC-PA, contribute to discussions about accreditation status of Clinical Postgraduate programs, participate in site visits to Clinical Postgraduate  programs, and act as a member of ARC-PA committees or task forces. The term of appointment is three years with an opportunity for re-appointment for a second three-year term. For more information regarding the duties of a Commissioner, please refer to the ARC-PA website at: Commissioner Responsibilities – Clinical Postgradaute Sub-Commission

The public member may not derive his or her livelihood from the Physician Assistant profession. Those working in educational administration, health-related organizations and the accreditation community are eligible for consideration.

Travel and other direct costs related to the public commissioner attending regular, special or committee meetings, workshops or site visits are paid by the ARC-PA. Commissioners receive no compensation for their services.

The term of office will begin April 1, 2021  The first official commission meeting of the term is June 12, 2021 (virtual) Newly elected commissioner are to also attend the Clinical Postgraduate Provisional Conference on April 24-25, 2021 (virtual)as a participant and New Commissioner Orientation in May, 2021. Attendance and participation at these meetings will provide orientation to the processes and work of the commission.

Nominations and applications, accompanied by a resume and a statement describing how the candidate’s experience and background will add to the evaluation of Clinical Postgraduate PA programs should be forwarded via e-mail to: Commissioners@arc-pa.org  before or by March 29, 2021 .    Applicants will be notified of the results shortly after the meeting.