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New Mexico Academy of Physician Assistants


New Mexico Academy of Physician Assistants

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The NMAPA Mission

The mission of the New Mexico Academy of Physician Assistants is to promote quality, cost-effective, and accessible health care to the people of New Mexico and to promote the professional and personal growth of Physician Assistants. This includes continuing medical education for PAs statewide.


The NMAPA is a constituent chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).


Incorporated in 1981, NMAPA is the authoritative voice of physician assistants in New Mexico.

Medical Consultation

A Message from Our President

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Hello NMAPA members!

I am Sean Diesel and I now get the amazing honor of serving as your NMAPA president! I am a native Albuquerquean with family ties to multiple areas of the state including Grants, Cubero, Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, and Santa Fe. My wife is a long-time resident of Albuquerque (25 years now) and works as a social worker in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center at the VA here in town, and my son just started 9th grade at Albuquerque High

School (Go Bulldogs!). We are all very proud New Mexicans and enjoy the beauty, nature, and varied cultural aspect of our awesome state.

I originally trained in Chinese Medicine and worked in private practice before attending the University of St. Francis PA Program. Since graduating in 2009, I have worked in family medicine, as a faculty member at USF, in urgent care and emergency medicine, and in geriatrics before eventually becoming the program director at USF. I love the challenge of maintaining the balance of working in academic, administrative, and clinical settings I intend to focus my full attention as NMAPA president toward promoting the advancement of our

scope of practice, as well as developing a statewide mentorship program for future PAs in rural, under-served, and under-represented areas of the state. I will continue to help increase membership

in our organization, especially from those colleagues who practice further out in the periphery of New Mexico.

Again, thank you for allowing me to fill this position. I look forward to meeting you and supporting all NM PAs in the coming year!




“ Kathy Johnson, PA-C, was recently appointed by Governor Lujan-Grisham as the PA Member to the New Mexico Medical Board. Ms. Johnson has been a PA since 2003. She worked at UNM, until 2018, in Geriatrics and as Faculty at the UNM PA Program. Ms. Johnson has been an active NMAPA member for many years, holding various Board positions, and volunteering time with the CME and legislative committees. She currently is a Locums provider for UNM. Ms. Johnson is very excited to join the NM Medical Board and looks forward to further her service to the residents of our state.“

NMAPA Annual Fall Primary Care Conference Rescheduled to September 23-25th 2021

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