About APSA
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The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is a national organization dedicated to addressing the needs of future physician scientists with respect to their training and career development. Founded in 2003, APSA held its first Annual Meeting in 2005 and has grown tremendously in the ensuing years. Learn more about the history of APSA, view the Bylaws that guide APSA, or read on to learn about the mission, goals, and structure of the organization.


APSA strives to be the student physician-scientists' leading voice for improving educational opportunities, advancing patient-oriented research, and advocating for the future of translational medicine.


Focusing on the needs of students and housestaff, including all physician-scientist trainees, APSA will pursue being:

  • The leading student organization for advancing opportunities for mentorship, community building, and mutual support of physician-scientists;
  • The principal source for obtaining and disseminating career development information for student physician-scientists regarding education, residency training, and beyond;
  • The most representative voice and influential advocate to policymakers and the American people regarding the need for supporting physician-scientist training;
  • A dynamic organization that provides value to its members. 

Organization Structure

American Physician Scientists Association is a 501 c3 registered non-profit led by trainees, for trainees. APSA is governed by the Board of Directors and the Executive Council, while the Standing Committees and the Institutional Representatives form the core of APSA's leadership ranks. APSA partners with a number of organizations to extend its reach and is supported by many foundations, societies, and other institutions. Finally, the APSA Advisory Council, a group of senior physician-scientists from academia, industry, and government lend their advice and experience to the organization to help further APSA's mission.

Board of Directors

APSA's is overseen by the Board of Directors, a group of former APSA Executive Council members as well as senior physician-scientist leaders who guide the overall direction of the organization and ensure its solid foundation and continued success. Learn more about the Board of Directors and its members.

Executive Council

APSA's initiatives are spearheaded by the Executive Council, made up of twelve positions elected by the Institutional Representatives during the APSA Annual Meeting in April of each year.  Learn more about the Executive Council and how you can become a part of it.

Institutional Representatives

Institutional Representatives serve as the critical liaisons between the students at the local institution and the APSA.  They are responsible for helping APSA gain a better grasp of the issues and needs of the students at their respective institution.

Standing Committees

APSA is led by seven Standing Committees whose chairs are elected and are members of the Executive Council.  Members of the Standing Committees consist of current medical and DO-PhD/MD-PhD students.  Appointments to the Standing Committees are made through the Chair and Vice-Chair of the individual committees in conjunction with the Executive Council.


APSA partners with many organizations that support physician-scientists and physician-scientist training. These partnerships help APSA support physician-scientist trainees and provide important benefits to APSA members. View the list of APSA's partners.


APSA is supported by many organizations, including charitable foundations, scientific societies, and governmental agencies. The support of these organizations enables APSA to provide unique benefits to members and advocate for physician-scientist trainees on the national stage. View the list of APSA supporters.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council assists the APSA Board of Directors and President as they plan significant APSA initiatives and objectives. Advisory Board members advise and consult APSA leaders, sharing their experiences and helping APSA better accomplish its goals. Learn more about the Advisory Council and its members.