Origins of the RRPAA
Over a decade ago, several PAs in the Rochester area created an informal group of “regulars” who would get together for dinner and invite a lecturer to discuss a medical topic. This was the beginning of what is now the Rochester Regional PA Association (RRPAA).
Today, the RRPAA is a not-for-profit organization with a large diverse membership of PAs from upstate New York. We have come a long way since that first informal get together, and now the RRPAA is involved in a variety of activities for the benefit of PAs in the Greater Rochester area.
History of the RRPAA
In 1995, the initial Board of Directors was formed. They were Tom Richardson, Ed Mathes, Jeanne Loughrey and Sherry Parmer. A call for membership dues was sent out to PAs in the Rochester area and with that money the articles of incorporation were created and a scholarship fund started.
In 1996, the RRPAA was officially formed and a CME committee established to start organized CME activities on medical topics.
In 1998, we began working on not-for-profit status and were awarded our 501C3 status in 1999.
A few of the RRPAA Accomplishments
- A Board of Directors manages all RRPAA activities.
- A Benevolent Fund to help PA’s suffering tragedies was formed.
- A Scholarship Fund was created for PA students.
- The RRPAA has tax exempt status.
- A website (RRPAA.org) was established in 1999.
- The Distinguished Physician Award and ‘PA of the Year Award’ were established
- The RRPAA sponsors an annual full day conference for Cat. I CME credit.