The Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants, Inc. is the officially chartered state chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). MAPA is a non-profit, 502c6, organization which was founded in 1979.  MAPA is managed by a combination of Physician Assistants who volunteer their time and expertise as well as a paid association management staff.

MAPA is part of a nationwide network of PA state chapters devoted to representing and promoting the interests of PAs as well as advocating the highest quality delivery of healthcare to our patients. In addition, MAPA has a close relationship, both geographically and in principle with its parent organization, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) whose national headquarters is located in Alexandria, VA. MAPA participates with both the AAPA as well as the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) organizations.

MAPA members serve on the AAPA House of Delegates and help to develop national strategy and policies. Several MAPA members have held important offices (including President) on both the AAPA and NCCPA boards. As with any professional society, the Academy's strength lies in its membership. MAPA members are committed to their profession as well as increasing the public's access to and awareness of cost effective quality health care.