Section 1: APAOG is the professional association representing Obstetrics and Gynecologic (OBGYN) Physician Associates in the United States. We support PAs practicing obstetrics, gynecology, and all its subspecialties by advancing the role of PAs to serve our patients throughout their lifespan. We provide a network to better engage on various topics and serve our community better. Our priority is to promote equitable care through education, research, advocacy, inclusivity, and leadership.

APAOG’s vision is that PAs will provide access to high-quality care around the nation abroad, to all women.

PA Core Values:

  • Primary responsibility is the health, safety, welfare, and dignity of all human beings.
  • Uphold the tenets of patient autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice.
  • Endorse patient confidentiality while practicing medicine.
  • Actively seek to expand knowledge and skills, keeping abreast of advances in medicine.
  • Assess personal capabilities and limitations to improve their practice of medicine.
  • Work with members of the healthcare team to provide compassionate and effective care.
  • Use knowledge and experience to contribute to a healthy community and the improvement of public health.
  • Respect the professional relationship with all members of the healthcare team.
  • Share and expand clinical and professional knowledge with PAs and PA students.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:
  • PAs recognize and promote the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion of all.
  • PAs do not discriminate; PAs treat equally all persons who seek their care.

Section 2: APAOG is committed to:

  • Advocate for patient autonomy through education and collaborative care.
  • Advocate for PA Optimal Team Practice and autonomy in obstetric and gynecologic care.
  • Promote clinical and academic excellence for members of APAOG.
  • Provide members with a forum to discuss topics that relate to PAs practicing in women’s health.
  • Assist and support PAs and the health care team by providing information through education and programs relating to the delivery of quality women's health care services.

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My How We've Grown! The History of APAOG

Rebecca Lehman, PA-C, Founder and Past President

The year was 1991 and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) was meeting in San Francisco. Several PA specialty groups had been formed and others were contemplated. Even though she had met very few other PAs working in obstetrics and gynecology, Rebecca Lehman PA-C secured a meeting room and posted a notice. The flyer advertised a meeting for all interested PAs working in OB/GYN, inviting them to attend an informational meeting. Approximately 25 people arrived and after introductions and a lively discussion, they discovered common challenges facing them in clinical practice and were excited about the possibility of starting a specialty group for PAs in OB/GYN. The original bylaws were "borrowed" with permission from the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular surgery and adapted for the newly founded Association of Physician Assistants in Obstetrics and Gynecology (APAOG). APAOG was incorporated in Wisconsin as a not for profit corporation later that year. The first newsletter was published in the spring of 1992 and the first meeting was held on May 6, 1992 in Nashville, TN. At that time APAOG had 149 members.
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