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Nominations Now Open: 2024 OAPA Awards


Excellence is meant to be celebrated!

OAPA is pleased to announce the opening of our awards nominations for 2024. We offer several distinct opportunities to honor and celebrate PAs and other individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to advancing the PA profession.

Please review the award descriptions below. Then view past winners, think about someone that you would like to honor, and nominate them today! Looking for student scholarships? Learn more here.

Nominator & Nominee Eligibility:

  • A nominator shall be an OAPA member in good standing.
  • Nominee need not hold OAPA membership.
  • Previous nominees and recipients and Board members are eligible for nomination.
  • Members of the Awards and Scholarship Committee are ineligible for nomination during the year(s) in which they serve on the committee.
  • Nominee is not required to belong to a health care service profession.




Charles L. Hudson, MD Award

This award is dedicated to the memory of Charles L. Hudson, MD, a Cleveland Clinic Foundation physician who is credited for, in the early 1960's, presenting to the American Medical Association the original paper on the concepts for the utilization of non-physician practitioners in the delivery of primary care medicine. This award honors an individual who has demonstrated exemplary service to the PA profession and the community and has furthered the image of PAs.

For more information and to submit a nomination, access the Charles L. Hudson, MD Award Nomination Form here.

Jerry A. Greco, PA-C Memorial PA Educator of the Year Award

Given annually to a person who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to PA education in the state of Ohio, nominees for this award should have provided significant dedication to the provision of PA education.

For more information and to submit a nomination, access the Jerry A. Greco, PA-C Memorial PA Educator of the Year Award Nomination Form here.

John Trimbath Award for Exceptional Preceptorship

Since his graduation from the George Washington University PA Program in 1979, John Trimbath helped prepare a path for the next generation of physician assistants by influencing government policy and hospital bylaws that are used in many institutions across the nation. This award expresses appreciation and honors PAs who share John Trimbath’s passion and expertise in precepting PA students.

For more information and to submit a nomination, access the John Trimbath Award for Exceptional Preceptorship Nomination Form here.


Philanthropy Award (open for rolling review, no deadline)

OAPA may choose to support a philanthropic project with an award of up to $1,000. The purpose of the project shall be to improve the health of the community. Applications are available upon request to and will be reviewed by the OAPA Board of Directors. Up to one project may be selected annually, as budget permits.


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