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  1. I am not usually on PA Forum so forgive me if this was already covered. A friend sent me this story. What are people supposed to think when we call ourselves Assistants and tell people daily that we require supervision? BTW, the new Virgina law is collaborative for PAs so you could have pointed that out. We use words like "delegate", assistant" and "supervision" or supervising as part of our normal language and then are astonished when people throw those same words back at us. Words matter. Definitions matter. What do you refer to your SP as? My partner? My supervisor? My colleague? How do we all define our profession? You need a 60-second elevator speech that defines us the way we want to be defined (and is still legally accurate). That's why the AAPA has a title change investigation going on now. It's vitally important we look closely and do it right. That's why we have OTP as POLICY of our profession and hope eventually all state laws adopt its principles. That's why we are looking to the future with hope for real change, but you have to join the AAPA now (it's not the AAPA of years ago) and join your state organization. We won't have too many chances. If I had 10 or more years left to practice (BTW, I have none) I would be involved in some way forwarding us all. I am not saying this because I drank the Cool-Aid, I am saying it because it's the only way we can change the landscape so stories like this do not become the norm. Your support gives us the support we need to change the landscape. Let's work together. Dave Mittman, PA, DFAAPA.
  2. Hi My Colleagues: Firstly, let me say thank you to all that supported my candidacy. A serious thank you. I ran because I was at the end of my career and still had the desire to give something back to my profession. It has given me much although I never really asked for anyting. That's what happens when you get involved. For those of you that really want change, get off your backsides and let's make it happen. When the NPs (who I like BTW,) have 42 states with full practice and we have none, don't blame me or the AAPA-blame us all. Each and every one of us. Personally I have been talking about all of us working towards OTP (remember FPAR) for years. I have been talking about a title that does more harm than good for years. It's time to come together and work politically harder than we have ever worked before. For those that do not want to join the AAPA, please join. I can tell you things have changed from years ago. Is it perfect-no. Do you have responsive leadership that wants to move the profession ahead-yes. So come on, write the check and more than that, become someone who is involved. Write, talk, let your leaders know how you feel. Come up with SOLUTIONS. Especially let your state leaders and delegates know your feelings. I'll always listen for sure, but not to some self-serving stuff that gets us nowhere. Those days are over, it's time to start working! Please, get involved! And again, thanks." Dave Mittman, PA, DFAAPA NOT THE OPINION OF THE AAPA, JUST ME.
  3. Dear Colleague: The election is just a day away, and this is your chance to help shape the future of the PA profession! I am asking for your help and support. I am fortunate to be running for AAPA President-Elect. I will maintain the forward momentum our profession needs right now. Yes, I truly believe we need all our leaders to tell you this. We need to keep this momentum up. I have been the voice fighting for PAs for decades and I have the experience and the drive to carefully navigate us through these changes. We need to have equality with all other providers that are willing to be responsible for what they do. Our barriers are now hurting us. We also need to be careful, and I will be, but it is time. The House and the Board will guide me. We have just begun to excite and unite our profession behind OTP. I will make sure it is fully supported. My positions are transparent and clearly delineated in my platform and candidate questions. If you want or need to know more, feel free to email me at MittmanPA@gmail.com. My track record is proven and you can read about it on my website. I invite you to ask any questions and send them to me via the Huddle or personally. Please read the platforms and the questions asked of all the candidates. They will guide you to the leaders our profession needs moving forward. Please vote if you are an AAPA member and please support me. Please help me spread the word and forward this to colleagues. To a bright and secure future, Thank you so much, Dave Mittman, PA, DFAAPA https://www.aapa.org/about/aapa-governance-leadership/board-of-directors/aapa-election/david-mittman/
  4. Nothing that has physician in it. MP works. I'd rather study it with a PR firm and do it right. Dave
  5. Sorry the above should start out Bryant University, not Lock Haven. Not sure why I wrote thet but don't know how to edit it. Dave
  6. I posted this on the Huddle. Ok, Bryant University as we are people based in science, let's take a look at the evidence. 1. All major healthcare funding foundations and all major healthcare consumer groups feel that NPs deserve full practice by virtue of their education. Even the Institute of Medicine, a full physician group says they do. I would presume if asked that the same groups would agree that we do unless our PA graduates are inferior to the NP graduate? Do you believe this is so? If you do in what way? 2. Full practice, if you have been listening is much about being able to regulate and govern ourselves without another profession interfering in that governance. Do you agree with that? Have we not earned the right to have what every other profession has? 3. FPAR is also about PAs being responsible for what they do and having a scope of practice we own. Again, every profession has one. We can not give an injection unless we have a supervising doc "delegate" that. Do you agree PAs should be able to do things like physicals and give shots on our own license? If not, why not? 4. A study was done on the grassroots PAs feelings on this subject. You could have waited for this piece of evidence to study? Did you not feel the rank and file PAs mattered in the context of finding out if some of the things we have been hearing about and you seem to doubt like PA jobs going to NPs. Let's see if it is a nationwide trend? Thank G-d it's not in Rhode Islsnd. Good for you guys! Lastly, can you back up your assertion that the physician-PA relationship would be harmed if PAs practiced being responsible for what we did? Please do. Show me evidence as it's never happened. I can tell you that many state physician groups were against NPs obtaining this right to self regulation and once it passed the physicians went right back to business as usual. They did not even tell their members not to hire NPs? Please show me if they did? And where? I want the evidence. As we speak there are 4 NP bills going through state legislatures I know of for FPA. Let's see what the docs do there when they pass. One thing did change, the administrators hired more NPs because the barriers for PAs were much more burdensome. Have you looked at the countries where PAs have FPAR and reviewed how the physicians and the PAs get along? I expect an answer to the above questions as they fill in the blacks that we need to further this discussion. The above represents my own opinion but clearly I am passionate about where we should go in the future. Dave Mittman,PA, DFAAPA
  7. One HUGE difference. You are not JUST an employee, in our case, you are a slave. An indentured servant could buy their freedom-so far, you can not. Not even sure if your own specialty or state organization would be for it, even if you could? We have to change our paradigm. Let me explain..... The flip side to being an employee is that you learn the business you are in and can COMPETE someday if you do not like the way you are treated. You can ask for a partnership or start that store, or electrical contracting business, or graphics design firm and do BETTER than the dumb jerk that would not make you a partner. We can not. We are the ONLY profession that is totally controlled by another. We are forced to always need someone to "supervise" and delegate to us, regardless of how competent we get. Hell, you can't even retire and give flu shots at COSTCO on your own. That's just silly. LPNs, pharmacists and RNs can. Time to look at full practice authority/responsibility. Support those who support raising us. The AAPA is actually looking at this now.
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