About OSPA


I am excited to introduce myself as the 2023-25 OSPA president. I am humbled and deeply honored to be entrusted with this opportunity to guide OSPA and its membership over the next two years. I love being a PA!

I am grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to work with my predecessor, Brian, and the outgoing board for their hard work and commitment to OSPA. I have learned so much from them. They have laid a strong foundation for our continued success. I am excited to work with a new board and see the new ideas and growth that we can make for our membership and practice ability in Oregon.

I am passionate about being a PA. I like being a voice for our profession. It is my goal to make sure that we are able to practice to our fullest capability and provide the highest standard of care to our patients. I am enthusiastic to work with our board and our membership to promote our profession. I want to make sure that OSPA continues to lobby so that we are in the forefront of healthcare. We will continue to champion the interests of PAs, advocate for excellent patient care, and provide ongoing support for our professional journeys.

I believe that your membership, involvement, and active participation is crucial to OSPA’s growth and success. I encourage all members to engage with OSPA’s committees, attend our events, and share your insights and expertise. Your voice matters, and together we shape the future of our profession in Oregon. I am committed to fostering an open and collaborative environment where each member’s voice is heard and valued. Please feel free to reach out to me with your ideas, concerns, or suggestions. 

I am grateful for our legislative success that we have made over the last year. We gained another seat on the Oregon Medical Board, increased Worker’s Compensation hours, and provided technical fixes to our collaboration agreement bill. I plan to continue to move forward our lobbying and legislative efforts to change your name to Physician Associate, to further remove barriers of practice, to further align with the AAPA Vision of Optimal Team Practice, and to tackle state health hospital barriers for practice.

I love being a PA and promoting our profession. I am excited to work with the board and with you as our members to continue to promote PAs in Oregon. Together, as a united and dedicated community, we will overcome challenges, embrace opportunities, and continue to elevate the role of PAs in Oregon.

Alisa Gifford, PA-C
President, Oregon Society of Physician Associates


OSPA Mission Statement

The mission of the OSPA is to advance the PA profession, to advocate for a quality, equitable, and accessible health care environment; to support the professional development of PAs; and to support the community of Oregon PAs.

Purpose of OSPA

This society shall be representative of Physician Associates within the State of Oregon. The Society is organized and shall be operated exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, to improve access of care, and advance the Physician Associate profession. In furtherance of these purposes the Society shall, through appropriate mechanisms, strive to assure the public of a uniform entry level and continued competency of Physician Associates. To represent Physician Associates and Physician Associate students so as to maximize the benefit of their services to the public, the Society shall:

  • Encourage its membership to render quality service to the health professions and to the public;
  • Assist in the development of role definition for the Physician Associate;
    Assist with the coordination and standardization of curricula for the Physician Associate;
  • Participate in the accreditation of Physician Associate programs;
  • Participate in the development of criteria leading to certification of the Physician Associate;
  • Develop, coordinate, and participate in studies having an impact either directly or indirectly on the Physician Associate profession;
  • Serve as a public information center with respect to its members, healthy professions, and the public; and
  • Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, the Society shall exercise its powers, rights, and privileges, whether conferred by this instrument, or by the laws of the State of Oregon or otherwise, in furtherance of its educational and scientific purposes, and other goals.