PA Grad Appointed Chair of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Political Action Committee

Drew Mortan, Saint Louis University Physician Assistant GraduateDrew Mortan, a graduate of the Physician Assistant Program was appointed Chair of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Political Action Committee. Mortan graduated from Saint Louis University with his Physician Assistant Certificate in 1979, his Bachelor of Science in Medical Science (cum laude) in 1984 and his Master of Public Health in 1990. He was also an adjunct faculty member in the Physician Assistant Program from 1981 until 1997.

The political action committee allows the AAPA to be involved in the political process and the formation of regulations. It creates an opportunity to positively impact legislations affecting the practice of physician assistants across the country.

PA –C signifies that you are a Physician Assistant (PA) who has graduated from an accredited program and that you are certified (C) which indicates that you have passed the PA National Certification Exam and that and that you have continued to pass the PA Recertification exam every 10 years thereafter.

Health care organizations representing their profession typically have PACs to help in passing favorable legislature that affects the practice of physician assistants. Since an organization, such as the AAPA, is not legally allowed to donate money director to legislators, PACs accept donations from the personal funds of members.

Mortan encourages SLU graduates to get involved, “professional organizations are always looking for volunteers. If one has an interest in a particular area of health and wellness, volunteer organizations are anxious to have your expertise either as a hands on volunteer or in an advisory capacity.”

Upon graduation from SLU, Mortan worked in general surgery, internal medicine and urology. After eight years of clinical practice, he entered the field of health care administration and became the Executive Director of Christian Hospitals Physicians Group, later being promoted to Director of Physician Services at BJC Health Care System. His last position in St. Louis was as Director of Network Development for SSM Health Care. In 1997, he returned to Connecticut to take over the Foundation for Community Health Care; and reentered clinical practice in 2000.

He received the 1998 Saint Louis University School of Allied Health (now Doisy College of Health Sciences) Alumni Merit Award. He is also a recipient of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Distinguished Fellow recognition and the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants Leadership Award.

Mortan also served on two occasions as the President of the Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants and has held many positions with the American Academy of Physician Assistants. In Connecticut, Mortan completed a three-year stint as Chairman of the Board of the Western Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross, past President of the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants and served as the Community Coordinator for the HomeFront Project, a volunteer-driven home repair program for low-income home owners.

He also spent 11 years in the United States Naval Reserve, being called to active duty during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, serving as a physician assistant in Naval Fleet Hospital Six based in Bahrain. In the reserves, Mortan attained the rank of lieutenant.

Mortan is currently a physician assistant with Connecticut Health Network in the Corporate Health Care Division but is under contract at Cartus Corporation where he operates the onsite wellness center.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants is the national professional society for physician assistants. It represents more than 95,000 certified Pas across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of U.S. territories and the uniformed services. The AAPA advocated and educated on behalf of the profession and the patients Pas serve. They work to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of physician assistants and enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered health.

For more information on the Saint Louis University Physician Assistant Program, see PAE.SLU.EDU.

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