Gail Curtis chosen NCAPA PA of the Year for 2013
Associate Professor and PA Studies Vice Chair L. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, is the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants' 2013 PA of the Year. She was announced as the award winner at NCAPA's Summer Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. More than 700 conference attendees were present for the award ceremony.
"Gail's outstanding gifts as a teacher and mentor have helped build the skills and confidence of hundreds of PA students over the years," said Don Metzger, NCAPA president. "She is an unflagging advocate for our profession on both state and national levels, and a valued member of NCAPA. We are very proud to recognize her as 2013 PA of the Year."
Gail Curtis (center) receiving NCAPA’s PA of the Year award, with NCAPA president Don Metzger (left) and PA Studies colleague Samantha Rogers (right)
In addition to being involved in clinical education of medical and PA students since 1986, Curtis was part of the 1993 North Carolina Medical Board committee tasked to create the state's practice rules and regulations for PAs and played an integral part in creating the current practice laws for PAs in North Carolina. An active member of NCAPA since 1986, she helped develop the NCAPA Health Committee and has been a strong advocate in that group since its inception, committed to ensuring that there are 12-step meetings and appropriate lectures dealing with impairment issues at NCAPA's annual conferences. In 1994, as NCAPA president, she helped craft enabling legislation to protect impaired PAs and to allow PAs to enter into agreements with entities such as the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NC PHP). She currently serves as NCAPA's liaison to the NC PHP and is a member of their Board of Directors. Curtis also serves as a member of NCAPA's Professional Development Review Panel, a position she has held since 2009. She was honored with the NCAPA's 2010 Outstanding Service Award in 2010.
On the national level, Curtis has served for more than 20 years in the House of Delegates of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). For the past three years she has been a House Officer, and this past summer she was elected as Speaker of the House and Vice President of the organization. The AAPA named her as a Distinguished Fellow in 2008.
The NCAPA PA of the Year award honors a physician assistant who has demonstrated exemplary service to the PA profession and the community, and who has furthered the image of the physician assistant profession while providing significant contributions to the health of the citizens of North Carolina. To be eligible for the award, a PA must be a Fellow Member of NCAPA in good standing for a minimum of five years and be licensed by the NC Medical Board.