To promote the utilization of
Physician Assistants in the delivery
of exceptional care to people with cancer and related disorders

Member Engagement:


The strength and future of the APAO depends upon dedicated members!
Please consider volunteering your time and talents to APAO projects, efforts, or committees! You can make a difference with APAO while building your network of contacts, strengthening your resume and qualifications, and helping to promote the oncology PA profession and ultimately improving patient care.


Would you please consider joining our APAO volunteer workforce?

CLICK HERE for more information on getting involved!


Congratulation to the 2014 APAO Scholarship Winner!

Congratulations to the 2014 APAO Scholarship winner, Holly Ricker. Holly grew up in Northern New England and attended the University of New Hampshire where she studied Psychology and Sports Studies. She was an NCAA division 1 athlete, skiing on the alpine team at UNH. After graduation she wanted to work in medicine but wasn't so sure she wanted to attend Medical School, so she obtained a job in pharmaceutical sales. After having several close friends and family members diagnosed with cancer she worked hard to become an Oncology Specialist at Novartis where she worked until moving to Utah. During her time at Novartis she was active with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as fundraising for organizations such as LiveStrong. The move to Utah made her realize that she wanted a career with more personal reward and more patient interaction so she began to work toward applying to PA school while working as a representative for Wyeth/Pfizer Oncology. She was on the organizing committee for the American Cancer Society's Hope Gala for several years, where she helped raise over $500,000 in funds each year that were used for local cancer research. She left pharmaceuticals when she was accepted to the University of Utah PA program. She was lucky enough to have her first clinical placement with the Bone Marrow Transplant team at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, which solidified her decision to work in Oncology as a PA. Additionally, she spent some rotations with Breast Surgeons and Reconstructive Surgeons that focused on the care of cancer patients. She plans to work with the Bone Marrow Transplant Team at The Huntsman Cancer Institute- as soon as she passes her boards!

Holly was presented with a check in the amount of $2,500 at the AAPA IMPACT conference May 26.
APAO Scholrship



APAO Conference

The Focus Under Forty™ Curriculum

Each year, more than 70,000 adolescents and young adults are diagnosed with cancer.  Get tips and tools on how to address the specific needs of this patient population, which often get overlooked.
APAO has partnered with Livestrong and ASCO University® to bring you this series of free, CME-accredited, eLearning activities aimed specifically at caring for patients between the ages of 15-39.

Curriculum Includes Courses on:

  • Cancer Care
  • Clinical Trials
  • Diagnosis & Treatment
  • Role of the Primary Care Physician in Cancer Care
  • Fertility Preservation Issues in Females
  • Fertility Preservation Issues in Males
  • Melanoma
  • Supportive Care
  • Survivorship

For more information, please click here.  

For more information about other collaborative efforts with ASCO, please click here.

Become an APAO Volunteer

The following committees represent some key initiatives in helping APAO expand our membership, increase our services, and reach our goals.

  1. Membership
  2. Professional Practice Network (Hospital/ Academic Center and Community Oncology Network)
  3. Education/ CME
  4. Website/ Newsletter
  5. National Advocacy and Legislation 
  6. Student Outreach and Scholarship
  7. Conference Planning

Would you please consider joining our APAO volunteer workforce?  Click here for more information.

Other volunteer opportunities may include serving as an APAO liaison to other oncology groups. If you are interested in volunteering in any of the above committees, or even other areas not listed, please contact us, or contact the APAO committee chair.

We look forward to your participation and continued involvement with the APAO!


Evgeny Mikler, PA-C

APAO President 2014 - 2015