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.


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.



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Albuquerque, NM 87196 

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July 14, 2020


It is with great sadness that the New Mexico Academy of Physician Assistants announces the annual fall conference originally scheduled for September 10th-12th has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID pandemic restricting group gatherings.  This was our 40th year of hosting this important event and I can assure you that our CME team is motivated to make our 41st even better.  We are pursuing alternative dates and have tentatively reserved September 24th-26th 2021

May 21, 2020


The Legislative committee is busy putting together our legislative action plan.  A survey has been sent to all members to determine member needs.  If you did not receive a survey please be sure to contact us as we may need to update your contact info.  


December 7th


NMAPA PRESIDENT AND FELLOW MEMBERS MEET WITH US Representative Xochitl Torres-Small in Belen, NM

NMAPA brought up federal initiatives and also discussed challenges we face as PAs in New Mexico. She seemed very receptive and interested in how PAs can improve the health of patients in rural New Mexico.













July 24, 2019

AAPA:  NMAPA House of Delegates Report

July 14, 2019

NM Medical Board Rule Change: 

Rule Hearing Notice and the proposed changes to 16.10.16 NMAC - Administering, Prescribing and Distribution of Medication

The New Mexico Medical Board will convene a regular Board Meeting on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. and Friday, August 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. and conduct a Public Rule Hearing on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 10:20 a.m. at the New Mexico Medical Board office conference room, located at 2055 South Pacheco St., Bldg. 400, Santa Fe, NM 87505. The Board will reconvene after the Hearing to take action on the proposed rule amendments. The purpose of amending the Part 16 is to conform the regulations to House Bill 215 2017 statutory amendments. Amongst other things, the PA statutory amendment added “collaboration” as a possible status for PAs and added distribution to PA prescribing abilities. The regulation changes are also necessary because the current rule on PA prescribing reflects requirement which have not been statutorily required for many years, including a formulary, direct physician oversight and limits on prescribing.
Specifically, any reference to a formulary is deleted; requirements for physician assistant prescription pads is deleted; and limitations to prescribing by physician assistants is added.

Please send us your concerns/comments to nmphysicianassistant@gmail.com

I’m very grateful that the New Mexico Academy of PAs provided funding for me as their current president to attend AAPA’s Leadership and Advocacy Summit 2019. On March 14, 2019, I had the privilege to advocate for improvements to PA practice by meeting with NM congressional staffers on Capital Hill. Specifically, we are asking our Congresspersons to co-sponsor the Physician Assistant Direct Payment Act of 2019 (S. 596/H.R. 1052) and the Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act (S. 237/H.R. 808). Both of these bills would improve PA practice and also result in savings of Medicare monies. #PAsontheHill


Previous Post by J. Kersey:  I am honored that the NMAPA membership and board of directors have put their trust in me to be President of NMAPA for the next 18 months. I will strive to continue the work of my predecessors in improving PA practice within the State of New Mexico. We currently have five of the Six Key Elements of a Modern PA Practice Act as well as collaborative practice in primary care, but there is room for continued advancements. With 17 years of clinical experience including 4 years in PA education, I know that PAs are well-trained and critical members of the healthcare team.  I will advocate for efforts that move the profession forward allowing us to practice at the top of our training and license including; the tenets of Optimal Team Practice which include elimination of unnecessary administrative barriers, commitment to team-based practice, and direct reimbursement from insurers for all our work. I hope to use the leadership skills gained from 27 years in the Air Force as well as my experience as a clinician and educator to continue the progressive endeavors of past NMAPA presidents to make PA practice in New Mexico the model for other states to follow.    


Jeremy Kersey, MPAS, PA-C, CPAAPA

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