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PA of the Year

Each year, the AKAPA Board of Directors recognizes the outstanding services of an Alaska-based Physician Assistant with the PA of the Year award. This prestigious award is presented during the annual AKAPA membership meeting from nominations received prior to September 15. 

The AKAPA Board of Directors is looking for nominations of Alaskan PAs who are exemplary in their work as a physician assistant. Nominations will be accepted year round. 

Please nominate a PA you know who fits some of the following criteria:

  • A PA with an outstanding accomplishment
  • A PA involved in local, state or national activities that further the PA profession
  • And/or a PA involved in community service.

Nominees must be AKAPA members and not be a current AKAPA board member. The winner will be sleceted by the AKAPA Board of Directors, and announced at the annual membership meeting. 

Past Recipients

2013: Ashley Marquardt, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2012: Robert Thomas, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2011: Jim Wojciehowski, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2010: John Winklmann, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2009:Wendy Hladick, PA-C, Unalaska, AK
2008: Steve Gage, PA-C, Sitka, AK
2007: Edward Hall, PA-C, Anchorage, AK

Nomination Form

Please download this form and return it before September 15 for consideration for PA of the Year. 

PA of the Year Award.pdf

2014 PA of the Year

Pam Engle, PA-C is the 2014 PA of the Year!

Pam was one of the first PA's in the state of Alaska and has blazed the trail for all of us PA's. She has helped the community to know what a PA is and helped make PA's the force that we are today. 

She has a great depth of knowledge both in the medical field and out of the medical field. To quote one of her MD colleagues, "She helped many physicians learn.  She likely wouldn't ask for credit, but given the turnover of physicians . . . she did a lot to help many of them function . . . and grow up medically in general."


She has dedicated her life to serving the people that need it most.  For nearly 30 years Pam has been working at Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. She has been with ANHC longer than any other provider past or present. Patients have been able to get affordable health care from a provider they trust and respect. She has put her heart and soul into the healthcare she provides. For this reason many patients have been with her for years. To quote another colleague, "Pam has developed a loyal following of highly complex and challenging patients over the years. Pam's patients are educated on prevention and they have learned that she has high expectations of them to take control of their medical conditions."


She has not been afraid to stick up for what she believes to be important and needed. She has even been known to take on even her supervisors when it was needed. She has always been a strong and active voice in her work and an advocate for her patients. 

She is the face of healthcare for the underserved and the face of PA's in the state of Alaska. We are grateful for Pam and she fully deserves the award. To a wonderful colleague and health care provider. Thank you PA. Pam Engle.

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