Health associations are committed to educating and improving the nation’s health care system.
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. They work to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of PAs. AAPA also enhances the ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare.
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Osteopathic medicine is a distinct form of medical practice in the United States. Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury.
It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.
AACOM provides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public.
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
AACP is an organization committed to education and scholarship for improving drug therapy. Their mission is to advance pharmacy education, research, scholarship, practice and service, in partnership with members and stakeholders, to improve health for all.
American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)
AACPM is a nationally recognized education organization that represents the nine accredited U.S. colleges of podiatric medicine as well as over 200 hospitals and organizations that conduct graduate training in podiatric medicine. The Association serves as a national forum for the exchange of ideas, and issues information relating to podiatric medical education.
American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
The AAVMC inspires and promotes excellence in academic veterinary medicine. The AAVMC’s advocacy, innovation and data-driven information helps member institutions improve performance and shape a better future for the academic veterinary medical community worldwide.
Founded in 1859, the not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing more than 157,000 dentist members. Since then, the ADA has become the leading source of oral health-related information for dentists and their patients. The ADA is committed to its members and to improving oral health for the public.
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental education. ADEA members include all 79 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, more than 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, more than 50 corporations and approximately 15,000 individuals.
Dental education is a broad and varied field that trains people as general dentists, specialists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental laboratory technicians. ADEA membership mirrors this diversity. ADEA members determine best practices for dental education and encourage changes in dental education programs and institutions that will benefit everyone. ADEA advocates for public policy issues essential to dental educators and researchers, especially access to dental care, a necessary element to improved oral health.
Since its founding in 1923, ADEA has existed to serve the curious youngster wondering how to become a dentist, the hardworking educator training the dental professionals of the future, and those striving for scientific or public policy improvements in oral health care.
American Dental Education Association (ADEA) GoDental
ADEA GoDental is an innovative initiative of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) that provides students interested in pursuing careers in dentistry and dental hygiene with the information and guidance they need to apply to programs, matriculate and eventually fulfill their career goals. ADEA GoDental aspires to reach students from a variety of backgrounds to supply the dental and dental hygiene workforce needed to meet the evolving oral health needs of a diverse society. The website is a joint initiative involving ADEA, health professions advisors, dental schools and their administrators, current dental students and practitioners.
AOSA is the primary resource for providing supplemental, student-focused educational opportunities yearlong. Representing the optometric student voice at all levels of government, while simultaneously empowering our members to become advocates for their future profession. Equipping students with the tools to transition from a student to a doctor of optometry. Building a stronger optometric community by engaging with fellow students.
APTA is an individual membership professional organization representing more than 93,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy’s role in the nation’s health care system.
The AAMC is a rich resource for those interested in a career in medicine. Information includes factors to consider when contemplating a career in medicine, as well as information on career fairs and enrichment programs. Learn about or register for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT®) and the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), and find related publications, such as the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR), and other resources to help with the application process.
Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
ASPPH is the voice of accredited academic public health, representing schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The ASPPH mission is to transform public health by strengthening and promoting the education, research, service, and practice activities of CEPH-accredited schools and programs. ASPPH advocates for investments needed to advance population health and more effective public health policies.
PAEA is the only national organization representing PA educational programs. PAEA works to ensure quality PA education through the development and distribution of educational services and products specifically geared toward meeting the emerging needs of PA programs, the PA profession, and the health care industry.