Junior and Senior PA of the Year Award Nomination Deadline Extended 

There is still time to nominate a deserving PA for the 2021 USPHS Junior or Senior Physician Assistant of the Year Award

New submission deadline midnight Friday, 12 January 2021

Current PAPAG Voting Members are not eligible.  Although self-nominations are not allowed, PAs who desire nomination should work with a

Commissioned Corps or civilian colleague on the development and submission of the nomination.

Click here for more information on eligibility and the application process.

Point of Contact: CDR Karen Russell Karen.russell@fda.hhs.gov


2020 RADM Michael R. Milner Junior Physician Assistant of the Year awarded to PHSAPA member LCDR Gina Tomkus


LCDR Gina C. Tomkus, MS, PA-C, CCHP, RD

LCDR Tomkus currently serves as the National Infectious Disease (ID) Advanced Practice Provider  (APP) for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Health Service Corps (IHSC). Under  direct supervision of the National Infectious Disease Consultant, LCDR Tomkus provides specialty  infectious disease and transgender consultant services to detainees located at any of 20 IHSC staffed detention facilities across the United States. LCDR Tomkus also ensures evidence-based  infectious disease resources are delivered to agency providers. Her main responsibilities include:  teleconsultation on patients with suspected or confirmed infectious diseases, drafting and  delivering training to peers, participation in the development and updating of clinical guidelines  and policies affecting the management of patients with infectious diseases, and projects to  provide quality assurance and process improvement. 

LCDR Tomkus is a nationally certified Physician Assistant (PA) with over six years of correctional  health care experience. LCDR Tomkus completed her PA training from the Philadelphia College of  Osteopathic Medicine in 2014. LCDR Tomkus was selected as a SRCOSTEP during her final year of PA training and she began her PHS career with the Bureau of Prisons where she served for  two years. In 2016, she transitioned to IHSC as a provider at Florence Service Processing Center,  and in 2018 she was selected for her current role as the National ID APP for the agency. She is  currently a doctoral candidate with A.T. Still University’s Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc)  program and expected to graduate in 2021. LCDR Tomkus is also a Certified Correctional Health  Provider (CCHP). Prior to her service as a Commissioned Corps officer and PA, she was a  Registered Dietitian (RD) in a variety of settings. LCDR Tomkus has a passion for serving  underprivileged populations and promoting health and wellness to communities in need.

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USPHS PA in National Spotlight


LTJG German S. Herrera, MPAS, PA-C, USPHS was featured in multiple AAPA social media sites this week in an article titled, "I’m a PA in the U.S. Public Health Service."

Congratulations LTJG Herrera!

Click here to read the article


Attention Members!  Interested in attending AAPA's 2021 Leadership and Advocacy Summit? 

Email CDR Brian Burt  brian.burtpac@gmail.com and briefly explain why you want to attend.  We are planning on supporting as many members as we can for this virtual conference.  

2021 AAPA Conference going exclusively virtual.

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