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Welcome to the Academy of Physician Associates in Legal Medicine (APALM)

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APALM is a special interest group of the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) and is open to all AAPA members. Through this website and our academy, we hope to offer information, education and resources to our profession, and to the legal and medical communities.

Our MISSION Statement

The mission of the American Academy of Physician Associates in Legal Medicine is to provide education on malpractice liability and risk management to AAPA members and the medical community with an emphasis on the provision of safe medical care for all patients.

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Becoming A Member

Our mission is to educate fellow PAs, those in the legal profession and the public on what constitutes the PA Standard of Care, and to help providers avoid making errors in clinical judgment that do not meet those standards. All members of APALM adhere to the Ethical Guidelines established by the AAPA House of Delegates concerning PAs who provide testimony on PA Standards of Care.


Why Become a PA Fellow Member?

APALM strongly encourages all interested AAPA members to become an APALM Fellow member. Membership dues are only $50 annually, billed upon enrollment and each year thereafter. Through the act of paying your dues to become an APALM member, you explicitly agree to follow the Ethical Guidelines for PA expert witnesses adopted by the Academy of Physician Associates House of Delegates.

For Attorneys

APALM offers its Members and their expertise at no charge to those interested in seeking PA experts to review medical records and testify to the standard of care of Physician Associate practice. APALM’s membership currently approximates 180 registered members, most of whom offer medical-legal consulting services. Please follow this link to request an expert.

Legal Shield

As an APALM member you can get discounted membership in “Legal Shield” a prepaid attorney services program. Get access to every legal area from Family Wills and Trusts to Incorporation, Malpractice representation and much more. For additional information click the button below.

Schedule an Expert Presentation

A select panel of members of APALM are available to speak to your organization. These professionals will be happy to talk about the changing roll of PA Experts and  PA malpractice. You may contact them directly.

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Join Us as a fellow member

We encourage you to join us as a Fellow member. Your annual membership includes access to our ongoing communications emails and articles as well as educational materials and lectures on PA scope of practice standards and research on PA malpractice. You have the opportunity to be part of a community including the most well-informed PAs in the country on medical-legal issues and the opportunity to be contacted and listed as an expert witness to testify on PA standards of care. Note that you must first be a member of the AAPA in order to be a member of APALM. Please see our MISSION STATEMENT for more information and the MEMBERSHIP sign up page.