The Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery (APACVS) was formed in 1981, to provide a forum for PAs working or participating in research in the disciplines of cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery. During the intervening twenty-six years membership has grown from only a handful to over seven hundred active members. Since its inception, the association has been recognized as the voice of cardiac surgery PAs not only by other professional peer organizations but notably as well by the AATS and STS.
Early on, the stated purpose of the association was to provide continuing medical education for its members. To this end the association presents two educational meetings yearly, one in the winter just prior to the STS, and the other in the summer. As the profession became stronger, the APACVS has taken a more prominent role in the affairs of all specialty PAs particularly regarding the matters of professional recertification. In addition, a strong relationship with the STS has developed to the point that the respective governing bodies of both organizations meet yearly to discuss matters of mutual concern.
The APACVS has support from professional management. The office is located in Oak Creek, WI.
While much has changed since its beginning, the association still exists to support the PA who works for the physician, and in whatever role, ultimately cares for the patient.