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  1. PAFT would like to congratulate the following newly elected officers of the AAPA Board of Directors and House of Delegates who were endorsed by PAFT. President-elect: Beth R. Smolko, DMSc, MMS, PA-C Director-at-Large: Jennifer Orozco, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA House of Delegates Director/Second Vice Speaker of the House: Leslie Clayton Milteer, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA PAFT, for the third year in a row, has had 100% of its endorsed candidate successfully elected. Overall greater than 94% of PAFT’s endorsed candidates have been elected. It seems PAFTs ideals and values are in keeping with the majority of voting members of AAPA. Why not come see if we agree with yours. Join PAFT.
  2. One of the nice things about gender disparity in recent PA students and graduates is that there's no line for the men's room. Post your own AAPA 2019 observations below! First one to spot me and introduce yourself gets a to-be-determined prize. Void for people whom I have already met in person.
  3. PAs for Tomorrow provided the 2019 AAPA candidates questions regarding their beliefs about the future of the profession. Please go to www.pasfortomorrow.org for more information about our endorsed candidates. After a lengthy review and robust discussion, the BOD of PAFT is pleased to endorse the following candidates: President: Beth R. Smolko, DMSc, MMS, PA-C Director-at-Large: Jennifer Orozco, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA House of Delegates Director/Second Vice Speaker of the House: Leslie Clayton Milteer, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA #PAFT #AAPA19 As of right now the more involved explanation of our process and reasons hasn't been posted but will be up soon. If you are an AAPA member we encourage you to vote!
  4. I am a member of Michigan Academy of Physician Assistant's (MAPA) as a "prospective student". I would like to add this to my CASPA application as a professional membership, but I am not sure what to put for my role in the organization. I read their news letters and keep up to date on what they are doing as an organization, but I am not physically involved with them. I have emailed them before asking if I could volunteer for them in any way, since the PA profession is my chosen path, but I did not receive a reply. Any suggestions on what I can put under this section of CASPA?
  5. The Dangers of Rafting Down River...Without a Map Robert M. Blumm, MA, PA-C Emeritus, DFAAPA Last July, my wife and I took our most beautiful trip together to explore one of the last natural habitats, Alaska. Here it was: natural wilderness, the Inner Passage, whales, eagles, lynx, brown bears and grizzly bears, huge salmon, king crab, moose, antelope, even a wolverine. Our minds took photographs as we were too caught up in the moment to try to capture everything on film and miss the adventure. On our wilderness journey to Denali, we saw young hikers and the rivers demonstrated a yield of rafters who wanted a real adventure. Some of those rafters had only a generic map; they were not aware of where these small rivers enlarged and became waterfalls. It takes more than skill and good fortune to survive that danger, which would occur simply because they lacked the proper map. When I encounter life's experiences, I try to segue into how this can be an illustration of medical practice and the risks that we take. Our programs warn of us certain types of patients who, like a sudden waterfall, can destroy us or our practice. But by nature, we feel that everyone we treat will be gracious and thankful. Unfortunately, by talking to some of our colleagues, we learn that there are patients that retain malpractice attorneys when they feel that you have injured them by your treatment or lack of treatment or, even, lack of diagnostic skill to appreciate their symptoms. A family who has lost a child or a mother or father are not the forgiving type, even though we have told them the truth. PA schools and NP schools speak very little about insurance programs and how we can prepare for these eventualities; we need to map out our practices and be prepared. It is not what happens to us, but what we do in preparation that makes the difference. Preparing our liability contingencies is far more than being innovative; it is more than an event in time or a tool to be used: it is an overall environment of preparedness and safety. There are many factors that need to be considered when selecting an insurance company, such as the age of the company, their Best Rating, their types of coverage, claims made or occurrence, as well as their ability to protect you as you gravitate from job to job or desire to moonlight. They are cheaper the first year and the best manner in which to choose a policy is to contact your national organization. The AAPA has chosen CM&F because they have a seventy-year history of protecting nurses, and from their inception, the PA and NP professions. They have stood the test of time and are your map of protection and readiness, through their personal liability insurance policy with your name on the front sheet. Call CM&F! Postoperative Wound Monitoring App Can Reduce Readmissions and Improve Patient Care Patients gave universally positive feedback about the app’s ease of use and the ability to have wounds monitored CHICAGO (January 19, 2018): A new smartphone app called WoundCare is successfully enabling patients to remotely send images of their surgical wounds for monitoring by nurses. The app was developed by researches from the Wisconsin Institute of Surgical Outcomes Research (WiSOR), Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, with the goal of earlier detection of surgical site infections (SSIs) and prevention of hospital readmissions. The study results appear as an “article in press” on the website of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons ahead of print. WoundCheck is a HIPAA-compliant, user-tested iOS app that enables patients to transmit daily surgical wound images from their home to a clinician. Image courtesy of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. SSIs are the most common hospital-acquired infection and the leading cause of hospital readmission following an operation.1,2,3 Due to the prevalence off SSIs, the WiSOR research team decided to see if postoperative wound monitoring could be effectively achieved by having patients upload photos through the WoundCare app and answer a few brief questions to gather information not easily captured through images. “Patients cannot identify [infections] and frequently ignore or fail to recognize the early signs of cellulitis or other wound complications,” study authors wrote. “This drawback leads to the common and frustrating scenario where patients present to a routine, scheduled clinic appointment with an advanced wound complication that requires readmission, with or without reoperation. However, the complication may have been amenable to outpatient management if detected earlier.” Forty vascular surgery patients were enrolled in the study. There was an overall data submission rate of 90.2 percent among participants, and submissions were reviewed within an average of 9.7 hours. During the study, seven wound complications were detected and one false negative was found. “We set out to come up with a protocol where patients could become active participants in their care and allow us to be in closer communication and monitor their wounds after they leave the hospital,” said lead study author and general surgery resident Rebecca L. Gunter, MD. . “This approach allows us to intervene at an earlier time rather than waiting for patients to come back in after the problem has already developed past the point of being able to manage it on an outpatient basis.” Patients were enthusiastic about the app’s ease of use and the reassurance they felt having their wounds regularly monitored. The nurse practitioners responsible for reviewing the submitted images attested to the value of the photos and patient satisfaction, although they also noted it was difficult to find time to review the submitted images on top of an already heavy clinical workload. Study authors note that the success and sustainability of a post-discharge wound-monitoring protocol requires a dedicated transitional care program and not simply adding a task to the current staff workload. This protocol also has a cost-savings component, in addition to the patient safety and satisfaction aspects. Study authors note that SSIs are the most expensive hospital-acquired infection, costing an average of nearly $30,000 per wound-related readmission and an estimated $3-10 billion annually. “If you could imagine saving the cost from the number of patients whose readmission you were able to prevent, that result could provide significant savings to the health system,” Dr. Gunter said. Although capturing specific numbers related to cost-savings was not part of this study, Dr. Gunter said it is an important area of focus for future studies. A limitation to telemedicine protocols that call for the use of smartphones is that not every patient has the necessary technology or knowledge to upload images on their own. The WiSOR research team addressed this issue by having participants undergo tailored training to learn to use the WoundCheck app. They provided each patient with an iPhone 5S and an accompanying visual reference guide to further assist in using the phone and app. Dr. Gunter said they were very successful in giving patients knowledge and access to technology so they could participate in the study. She said this is a model easily adaptable to other medical centers, whether through providing participants with a phone, having a rotating supply of phones at the hospitals for patients to borrow, or relying on a patient’s personal device. “We have demonstrated that a population of complex and high-risk patients, many of whom are older adults and novice smartphone users, can complete this protocol with high fidelity and satisfaction,” the researchers concluded. Study coauthors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, include Sara Fernandes-Taylor, PhD, Shahrose Rahman, BS, Lola Awoyinka, MPH, Kyla M. Bennett, MD, Sharon M. Weber, MD, FACS, Caprice C. Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACS, and K. Craig Kent, MD, FACS. “FACS” designates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Support for this study came from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: AHRQ R21 HS023395. Dr. Gunter is supported by the National Institutes of Health: NIH T32 HL110853. This study was presented at the 13th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, Nev., February 2017. Citation: Feasibility of an Image-Based Mobile Health Protocol for Postoperative Wound Monitoring. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Available at: http://www.journalacs.org/article/S1072-7515(17)32152-X/abstract. __________________ Wiseman JT, Guzman AM, Fernandes-Taylor S, et al. General and vascular surgery readmissions: a systematic review. J Am Coll Surg 2014;219:552-569.e2. Weber DJ, Sickbert-Bennett EE, Brown V, et al. Completeness of surveillance data reported by the National Healthcare Safety Network: an analysis of healthcare-associated infections ascertained in a tertiary care hospital, 2010. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2012;33:94-96. Lewis SS, Moehring RW, Chen LF, et al. Assessing the relative burden of hospital-acquired infections in a network of community hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2013;34:1229-1230. Chapter Robert M. Blumm, MA, PA, PA-C Emeritus, DFAAPA The year 2017 was an amazing chapter in our lives with many changes in leadership, politics, healthcare, the advancement of both the NP and PA professions, tremendously increased knowledge in medical education, the loss of at least twenty-five international personalities and, for a number of us, a year of unprecedented medical litigations due to medical errors, the traps of an EMR, informed consents and failure to diagnose. We have gained much in the ability to enter new fields of interest and to become pioneers in specialties, but all of this has a cost. We always will pay a price to gain a prize. We are now writing the first few pages of a new chapter with the hopes of improving our personal skills, our professional achievements, our outcomes with our patients and our overall success in life and in the marketplace. “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” Melody Beattie In order to set goals, it is essential to know the facts and change the outcomes or the injury created by a faulty outcome. CM&F insures 12,000 NPs and PAs and serves them with diligence, respect, and instant access. With OPA becoming the buzz word for PAs in this new year, it is my hope that PAs with an eye toward future independent practice will become aware of the absolute need to have a personal liability insurance policy as offered by CM&F as the endorsed group for the AAPA. This could have an extremely favorable impact on premiums for PAs. There are so many positive aspects of independent practice for NPs, but payouts for malpractice claims filed against NPs are on the rise, according to a new report. The average payout was $240,471 according to studies from CNA Insurance which covers NP malpractice insurance. The highest area of claims is neonatal, which at only 1% of the claims was $630,411. Obstetrics, another high-risk area, had indemnities that averaged $417,500. The lowest of the three was emergency medicine with indemnities averaging $277,812. Though those three specialties accounted for the costliest claims, the vast majority of closed claims were related to four other specialties: adult primary care, family practice, behavioral health, and gerontology. It is surprising, as well as a hidden trap, that most of these were related to a failure to order a medical test or obtain an address that test result.* As I mentioned earlier, knowledge of the facts can dramatically change the outcome; the meticulous attention of the provider is essential. So my fellow colleagues, how will we write the 2018 chapter of our history? We can all hope for a greater future with less misadventure, fewer litigations, and healthier patients. But we must engage with the conscious reminder that we are caregivers and we are, therefore, vulnerable. Why carry that vulnerability on our own shoulders when the fear, anxiety, and burden can be shouldered by personal liability insurance? How empowering is the knowledge that we are protected from potential errors by specialists who are experienced fighters in this field of litigation? What do you believe? What price are you willing to pay to obtain security and peace? “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that dis-empowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” Tony Robbins. Let us join hands together and make the latter choice. * Source- CNA and Nurses Services Organization (2017, October). CNA and NSO Nurse Practitioner Claim Report (4th Edition): A Guide to Identifying and Addressing Professional Liability Exposures, page 12. Retrieved from https://www.nso.com/Learning/Artifacts/Claim-Reports/Nurse-Practitioner-Claim-Report-4th-Edition-A-Guide-to-Identifying-and-Addressing-Professional-Liability-Exposures. -- Robert M. Blumm, MA, PA,PA-C Emeritus, DFAAPA Surgical PA, National Conference Speaker, Author, Suture Workshop Director, Former AAPA Liaison to American College of Surgeons, Past President four National Associations, Editorial Board Clinician1.com, Advisory Board POCN., AFPPANP Treasurer Information about my suture video. Information about upcoming live suture workshop
  6. Hi all! I recently became a student member of AAPA and was looking forward to subscribing to JAAPA. I saw somewhere that the subscription is free for student AAPA members, but I am having trouble finding anywhere on the website that actually says that. I also was wondering if it were to be free, is that online or a physical journal?
  7. PAs For Tomorrow AAPA Candidate Endorsement Statement The 2017-18 AAPA voting polls have been open for a few days. Historically, membership participation in AAPA elections tends to be low. PAFT encourages all PAs to participate in the selection of our future national leaders. If you haven’t already cast your vote, take the time to review the candidate selections and thoughtfully consider who you believe is best equipped to further the mission of the PA profession. Recently, the PAFT Board of Directors submitted a series of questions to each candidate. After review of those that submitted responses to PAFT, board membership carefully considered which candidates best represent the future of our profession. Specifically, PAFT is interested in leaders who will progressively advocate for our professional future and who will work to remove barriers to PAs practicing to the fullest extent of their license. For the 2017 AAPA Elections, PAFT endorses the following candidates: President-Elect: Alan N. Bybee, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA, CPAAPA Jonathan E. Sobel, PA-C, MBA, DFAAPA Director At Large: Dave Mittman, PA, DFAPPA Gerard Grega, PA-C, DFAAPA Diane Bruessow, PA-C, DFAAPA Communication to national leadership is best demonstrated by casting your vote. It remains one of the most important tasks you can do to advocate on behalf of the PA profession. The polls remain open until April 10, 2017 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time (US & Canada). Vote now by logging into your AAPA profile and selecting the general election link on the home page. Regards, PAFT Board of Directors
  8. First Rounds (FR) — news written by students, for students — is seeking a motivated PA student to serve as the Assistant Editor for 2017-2018. The Assistant Editor position is a 2-year commitment; the student will then become Editor when his/her predecessor graduates. The duties of the Assistant Editor include, but are not limited to: Collaborate with AAPA editorial director and FR editor to develop quarterly themes. Respond to inquires and revise article submissions. Assemble the final selection of articles, photos, and photo release documentation. Edit and prepare a minimum of one article every two months for publication on AAPA’s PAs Connect news feed. Commit to the role of Assistant Editor March 2016-2017 and the editor position in March 2017. Be flexible with scheduling, be adaptable, and communicate effectively with the entire First Rounds team. Assist with promotion and advertising of First Rounds to PA programs nationwide via social media. Organize and maintain contact databases, articles, and emails. In addition, the Assistant Editor and editor will both receive a $500 stipend to attend AAPA Conference 2017 in Las Vegas to promote and advocate for First Rounds. If you are a proactive, current PA student with a strong interest in writing and editing opportunities, please send a resume or CV with your name, PA program, graduation date, and a short summary of why you would be a great FR Assistant Editor to FirstRoundsSubmission@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is March 30, 2017. Phone interviews will be held the first week of April. Requirements: Must be a current PA student in good standing with an ARC-PA accredited PA program Must be a current member of AAPA The selected candidate must have at least one year remaining in school as of December 2017. (i.e. graduation date of December 2018 or later) Those with prior writing or editing experience will be given preference, but it is not required. For more information, please contact Editor Mia McDonald at FirstRoundsSubmission@gmail.com. https://www.aapa.org/pas-connect/2017/02/wanted-assistant-editor-first-rounds/
  9. #‎PAstudents‬- do you have a story to share about your plans after graduation from PA school? If so, we want to hear about it! My Plans After Graduation: The flexibility of the PA profession allows us all to practice medicine in various specialties, subspecialties, primary care, population health, public policy, internationally, and beyond. Do you have any extraordinary plans after PA school? Planning to work or volunteer abroad? Working for the Peace Corps? Applying for postgraduate fellowships, residencies, or other post-graduate training? First Rounds - PA Professional's student news section - is looking for stories about unique opportunities after PA school. Tell us how your plans after PA school are unique. We ask that articles be no longer than 600 words and written in a conversational manner. Email your article to us at FirstRoundsSubmission@gmail.com by July 20, 2016 for the September issue of First Rounds in American Academy of PAs! Also, like us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/firstrounds/ Or on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/firstrounds
  10. First Rounds - PA Professional's student news section - is now on Facebook! Like our page, then click see first and turn notifications on to stay up to date with the latest call for submissions as well as other upcoming opportunities. http://www.facebook.com/firstrounds First Rounds Published quarterly, First Rounds (FR) is PA Professional magazine’s student section written for PA students by PA students. Our mission is to expand student involvement outside of the classroom and foster additional opportunities and interests beyond medicine. We give students a voice and a place to share their experiences with current and future PAs and students.
  11. Getting some advice from my state APA that legally it sounds more kosher to refer to my House Calls business as a "Service" rather than "practice". Any thoughts about this? I am hatching a business: providing a " service to Doctors" So, marketing to them. Huge interest so far whom ever i approach. =
  12. Hello everyone, I'm a second year PA student about to start my emergency med rotation. I'm interested in doing research on an EM topic and submitting it for presentation at the SEMPA or AAPA conference, but I'm not sure how to go about doing this. I have limited research experience apart from being a lab tech for a geneticist, so I'm starting from scratch. But I'm motivated if given the guidance. I'd like to learn about what kinds of research students are able to do over the short (5-6 week) time span of a rotation, but can't find a way to filter those out in general academic search engines, etc. Any advice or guidance is much appreciated!
  13. FUTURE VISION – WHO’s RESPONSIBLE? As President of PAs for Tomorrow, I’ve been in a great ideological flux. I see a dramatic dichotomy for the PA profession. On one hand, Forbes, USA Today and the New York Times often have the PA profession as one of the top 5 or 10 most promising fields. On the other hand, there continue to be “issues” that loom over the profession. Name change, antiquated state laws, reimbursement inequity, and competition for jobs all intermingle with greater clinical demands such as volume production, meaningful use requirements, EMR integration among other administrative demands. I’ve found this dichotomy difficult to reconcile. Do we have a hopeful and stable professional future as PAs? Or do we have a profession that is losing ground because our greater majority is either basking in the apathetic glory of a Forbes article and our national leadership that seems frozen in time, fearful of disrupting a careful balance that is teetering on dramatic change anyway? I spent the first half of my career basking in the Forbes article. The past five years, I’ve found myself acknowledging realities of limited regional job opportunities because physicians don’t want to “supervise” PAs. I see AMA and AAFP leadership denigrate PAs despite the financial and quality of life rewards their majority reap by working with PAs. I see the millions of legislative nursing dollars successfully lobbying for NP independence while PAs still practice with antiquated legislation passed 40 years ago. And I’ve watched our national leadership do some good things and ideologically progress in some ways, make promises of action in other ways and seemingly stand still in a lot of ways that matter most. Some say break away, form a new, more progressive PA-centric organization. And that may be a future reality if the AAPA, as the largest organization of PAs FOR PAs, continues to stand still on issues important to their membership. That said, there is power in numbers – and the AAPA has numbers, lots of them. They have the most members, the most money, the most manpower and the most established connections. With all of that comes the most responsibility and accountability to this profession. Ultimately, I believe that the utility of the PA profession will succeed in moving our profession forward. Our malleability as a profession is what makes us appealing. I believe that the solutions come from holding leadership accountable to future vision. That accountability will come from you, me and others who take the time to communicate with AAPA leaders who either aren't interested in change or just don't have vision. I have no doubt that any PA colleague who takes the time to run for any AAPA leadership positon has an altruistic motive. However, not all have true vision to lead in times of change and flux. This is a pivotal time for the healthcare industry. Change is evolving rapidly from a multitude of directions - seemingly all but in the best interest of patient care. The PA profession has historically been passive in its professional advocacy efforts - safe, don't ruffle feathers, don't upset organized medicine and for gosh sakes, don't upset physicians. Some leaders seem to be finally accepting the harsh reality that present physician generations are NOT interested in supporting the PA profession's growth and maturity beyond the 1970 standard. Though physicians speak rhetorically of teamwork, it hasn't been a respectful, genuine or most importantly, an inclusive conversation. Organized medicine and physicians in general are struggling to define their own future. They've accepted PAs in their realm as long as PAs were of benefit them financially or a quality of life perspective. Medicine has shifted dramatically and, without a doubt, has more an "each his own" mentality. And PAs are largely on our own except where it matters most - legislatively and administratively - and usually not in support of PAs. Physicians aren't (and have rarely been, in my opinion) busting the doors down to support PAs locally, regionally or nationally. To the contrary, those are the arenas where organized medicine loudly voices dismay if PAs stray into uncomfortable territory. If you want physicians to appear out of the woodwork, propose changes to prescriptive authority, "supervision" language, co-signature, or practice ownership. The same physicians who hire only NPs to avoid the pesky task of co-signature are the same physicians who stand on the capitol steps to block bills proposing legislation to eliminate or loosen those requirements for PAs. For the record, I have had the great fortune to work with many great physicians and have fantastic microscopic relationships with physicians who respect me and call me their friend. Organized medicine, however, is a disingenuous 'frenemy' to the PA profession and we would do ourselves well to finally accept that reality. It's taken me 20 years to accept what I would "feel" but not say out loud, lest I’d have to acknowledge it. It's time that the larger PA profession leadership accept that reality and start making future policy and strategic decisions for the PA profession with that in mind. I have no desire to be adversarial. I have no desire to create conflict. But I do believe we each have a responsibility to more progressively and aggressively promote the PA profession to do good for patients. I believe we also must do this to secure a viable and stable future for the PA profession. This means we WILL ruffle feathers, we will be professionally adversarial when necessary and there will be conflict to resolve. So be it. Organized medicine will not quietly accept a progressive PA-centric platform and physicians won't collectively have an epiphany, welcoming us into the fold. But those things haven't happened in 50 years despite our profession’s teamwork and our submission to organized medicine’s control anyway. And the structure of the healthcare industry today is demanding a different framework that is even less conducive to respectful PA/MD relationships. Most importantly, organized medicine hasn't been receptive to most policy and statute changes PAs have fought to achieve during our 50 year existence – it’s always been challenging, even when we’ve been perfectly compliant. We should accept that and move forward regardless. What were once perhaps logical laws, language and policies necessary for a young professional workforce are now unsubstantiated and often unfounded restrictions. If a policy or statute does nothing to enhance access to care, foster true team framework or isn't a cost effective use of manpower, it needs to go away no matter who’s feathers get ruffled. The passivity and lack of willingness of our own to see these things is troubling. The PA profession will need to step outside the policy box of the past and let the fear and reluctance go. We can create new vision for our future viability. It's just simply time. Pick up the phone, call your state AAPA HOD representative and have a talk about what the vision for the future really looks like. They ran for office to lead. They are responsible to do that. Nichole Bateman, MPAS, PA-C PAFT President
  14. I am planning to pick top schools (Duke, Weil, UC Davis, USC ... ). I also plan to apply to local schools in my area, which is in Florida (UF, Nova, Keiser). But I am not sure if I should consider this because of my spotty academic record (low gpa from 1st bachelors, withdrawing form a nursing school with good standing, and failing out of an ASN program). Is there any way to show adcom from these schools that I can be an equally competitive candidate than those with not so spotty academic records? I am planning to take between 3 to 4 years to build up a strong application. To address a spotty record I have been doing the following: After nursing I will: Start GRE early to get a near perfect score (this is possible. I have seen students with scores below 292 raised it to 336. Apparently this is possible with committment and dedication more than 3 months.) I will be preparing for PANCE early through CME, and baord exam questions Participate in CE's and CME's to become more aware of how to procedures, diagnostics, are done I will be reviewing ways to do patient interview, and patient intake After my first bachelors I plan to: Work with a private tutor to learn better study skills Get a second bachelors in the sciences, which also fulfull preprequisites for PA school There has been an upward trend in grades since nursing school. To gain better clinical experience I am Searching for a paid work as a PCT Right now I am working as a resident assistant, and planning to volunteer in a hospital.
  15. America Loves PAs! AAPA surveyed Americans’ experiences and perceptions of physician assistants (PAs). And the results are in...America Loves PAs! “Patients want providers they can get to know and trust, and these results show PAs win over their patients with stellar care and excellent communication.” said AAPA President John McGinnity, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA. See full results at - http://goo.gl/b01cN1
  16. Received this email from AAPA today: Dear AAPA Member, Let's strengthen the voice of the PA profession in the U.S. Congress. AAPA’s Political Action Committee, PA PAC, would be one of the nation's strongest healthcare PACs if each AAPA member contributed $25. It is essential that we grow PA PAC in order to build even greater bipartisan support for the PA profession on Capitol Hill. Congress’ mid-term elections are fast approaching. The outcome will shape the healthcare agenda for years to come, including critically important issues for the PA profession, such as: Removal of federal practice barriers for PAs Medicare modernization Complex chronic care coordination Telehealth Behavioral healthcare, including treatment for opioid addiction. With your help, AAPA can achieve its legislative goals. In less than two years, the Nurse Practitioner PAC grew from $80,000 to over $437,000. During the first two quarters of 2014, the NP PAC raised $189,568, compared to $43,433 raised by PA PAC. With just a $25 contribution from every AAPA member, PA PAC’s growth would exceed the majority of federal healthcare PACs, including the NP PAC. That’s why it’s so important that you donate to PA PAC today. Your support matters! Thank you in advance for your generosity and active involvement in AAPA’s political advocacy. Sincerely, Justin Anzalone, PA-C Chair, PA PAC Board of Trustees American Academy of Physician Assistants - 2318 Mill Road, Suite 1300 - Alexandria, VA 22314 | 703.836.2272 | Unsubscribe | Opt-Out
  17. With an undeniable trend away from a member-driven organization toward a more top-down structure with more power centralized in the AAPA Board of Directors and staff leadership, your help in joining with me and many other PAs in reversing this trend is urgently needed. Voting appears to be at an all-time low, which means that each vote counts even more! Join me in working to preserve the democratic traditions of the academy, and in keeping PAs in the driver's seat. Vote Jim Anderson for AAPA Secretary Treasurer. Read about my effort at www.bit.ly/andersonforaapasectreas Vote at https://eballot4.votenet.com/aapa/login.cfm
  18. The AAPA elections start on Tuesday, and there's a lot a stake. I'm running for the mighty Secretary-Treasurer slot, and I hope you'll take a good look at my platform and consider placing an X next to my name. Join me and many other AAPA members in our effort to keep the AAPA moving in the right direction. My experience with participating in the management of multi-million dollar budgets and in institutional/professional/organizational leadership and administration make me well suited to take this on. But the position includes much more than just its financial tracking aspects. In addition to these foundational duties, the secretary-treasurer also needs to have a broad set of leadership skills, of the ability to reach out and listen to members, and to have a commitment to providing members the information and tools they need to play a meaningful role in the running of the academy. Over the last few years, the AAPA board has stepped away from its traditional partnership with the House of Delegates, leading to an effort by the HOD to right this course, and get the BOD-HOD partnership back on track. I have attempted to contribute to this effort in a positive way. Current AAPA leadership also has moved away from the transparency of past years, making it sometimes challenging for members to see detailed information about our financial course and trajectory. I would continue the past tradition of having the secretary-treasurer present a detailed financial update to HOD and other members, and leave no stones unturned in providing HOD and membership the maximum amount of financial information possible. After all, it’s your money, and your organization. Please take a look at my "e-card" which is attached, and also at my complete platform and CV at http://www.aapa.org/about_aapa/leaders/resources/item.aspx?id=7390. Jim Anderson AAPA Sec-Treas 2014 E-Card.pdf
  19. I just wrote this on the Huffington Post blog, based in part on my mostly productive and positive conversations here with PAs recently about what AAPA needs to do. I am running for the AAPA Board Secretary-Treasurer position in the April 1 election, and I hope you will take a look. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-anderson/physician-assistants_b_5013750.html Jim Anderson, PA-C, MPAS, ATC, DFAAPA (AAPA election page: http://www.aapa.org/about_aapa/leaders/resources/item.aspx?id=7390)
  20. I'm running for the AAPA Board (Secretary-Treasurer) in the 2014 elections, which start April 1. The numbers of members who vote continues to shrink. I think having members elect the board is important, and also think that all PAs have a responsibility to participate in professional efforts like the AAPA, specialty orgs, state chapters etc. I contribute blog posts from time to time for Clinical Advisor (click on opinion/blogs tab), and wrote about this issue recently there. I'd love to hear what other PAs think. For non-members, I want to learn more about what keeps you from joining, and from members, I'd like to hear more about how you see the AAPA, and how it could better serve your needs. BTW, here is my Facebook campaign page, with more about my platform and goals
  21. Hey all, is anyone here planning on going to the AAPA conference in DC? I'll be there along with the Challenge Bowl team from DeSales. I'm also the AOR rep -anybody else? :smile:
  22. a 3 minute youtube video... (please excuse the poor language) The public's ignorance remains high, and this is a perfect example of it. My own family, despite being educated and reasonable people, shared these misconceptions about the PA profession for a long time. So, I don't think the issue is people being intentionally ignorant, but I don't really know where the problem lies. The PA profession has been around for decades, so what has it been doing wrong? It seems that everybody's finger points at the AAPA. What exactly have they been doing wrong? Where have their focuses been, and where should they have been? What should they be doing in the future to address the ignorance about PAs in our society? I really appreciate the input here. I have been immersing myself in PA issues for the past 4-5 years, but I am not familiar with the history of this issue of ignorance and the history of the AAPA, and it isn't easy to scrounge up this kind of info from google.
  23. I looked a lot for things like this when studying/stressing about pance..so figured I would post to help others. I studied using the green/black AAPA book- mostly just scanning topics I was unsure of. My school also offers a 4 day review. AAPA pretest 65% Post-test 75% Packrat 68-79% NCCPA Practice- overall: right in the middle of the high BUT borderline in all subjects (just different ones on each of the two test) except cardiology and plum (always High) PANCE 600 Hope this can ease some fears, happy studying :)
  24. Hello PA Students, The AAPA and the Student Academy of the AAPA (SAAAPA) are working together to develop a new website for PA students. We would love your input into the kinds of features and content you would find most useful as a PA student. What would you want YOUR website to look like? Feel free to post ideas, comments and suggestions here or you can email me at saaapasrc@gmail.com Thanks for your time and consideration. Your input is really valuable. Sincerely, Harrison Reed, PA-S II Director of Communications, 2012-2013 Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
  25. Colleagues, In the spirit of free dialogue, and with the understanding that there are always two sides to every story, the following letter was sent to Paula Havisto 2/27/2012 by new AAPA EVP / CEO Jenna Dorn. Jenna Dorn shortly thereafter met face-to-face with Dave Mittman and Bob Blumm on 3/5/2012 for 90 minutes to discuss the name change, and the actual contact information of the "6000" was requested (all of the communications that the AAPA received from the name change website dedicated to communicating with the AAPA are essentially blinded). The C1 advisory board declined to provide contact information to the AAPA. To date, this contact information has not been provided to the AAPA to allow the AAPA the opportunity to respond directly to correspondents on this issue of importance to the members and profession. Dave and Bob requested a copy of the letter to post on C1, and the letter below was provided to the C1 advisory board members on 4/20/2012, but as of yet, it has not been posted. I saw this letter for the first time 5/1/2012, and asked and received permission from Jenna Dorn and the AAPA to post it here. February 27, 2012 Paula Havisto, PA-C, Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Clinic N10561 Grand View Lane Watersmeet, MI 49969 phavisto@glitc.org Dear Paula, Thank you for your thoughtful letter and your warm personal welcome. I cannot tell you how excited and eager I am to support a profession that is poised to help transform healthcare in our country. As you might imagine, my first four months as CEO have been spent visiting and learning from smart, caring, innovative PAs about the issues and opportunities for the profession, as it provides critical team-based care and as it gains both visibility and credibility in legislative venues and the public consciousness. It is my intention to build on the strong foundation laid by the pioneers of the profession and its current leadership. Thank you as well for conveying the views of the Clinician1 community. I certainly recognize and appreciate the passion and commitment that drives those views and interests. With respect to a particular concern in your note – the title/name change from physician assistant to physician associate – I know AAPA’s Board of Directors recognizes how important this matter is to many PAs. And, I know that you, as a representative of one point of view in this matter, understand the importance of handling it in a way that is sensitive to all perspectives and also represents the best interests of all PAs. That is why the Academy has long-standing procedures to ensure that the outcome of such issues as this, which affect the entire profession, receive an appropriate hearing and the attention necessary to ensure the best outcome for the profession and the patients it serves. I believe you are aware that it is the role of the House of Delegates to provide the forum in which such policy matters are determined. While sensitive to the desire of those promoting action to move the issue forward, because of the critical role of the House, the Board will take no official position on the matter at this time. Instead, it (the Board) and AAPA staff will continue their diligent efforts to both provide objective information and solicit greater insight into PA opinions about this issue through AAPA’s publications and other communications resources. We also want to respond to PAs who contact the Academy directly with concerns about this matter, as is our practice with inquiries. Over the last several months, AAPA has received emails through the Clinician1 website from individuals who signed statements of support for the name change. We were disappointed that, when AAPA asked for the email addresses of these individuals in order to provide a direct response to each, it is my understanding that the leaders of Clinician1 chose not to make these available to us. It is certainly always our intent, to the degree possible, to acknowledge communications from all PAs, and I am happy to respond to any direct communication I receive. We respect the views of all, and seek to engage in a respectful dialog. It is my hope that Clinician1 leaders might reconsider providing the contact information so that we may respond to every communication in an open and professional manner. If you choose not to do so, I hope you will respect our good intent in seeking to acknowledge the substance of those views in general publications and other venues available to the PA community. In that spirit, I am looking forward to upcoming discussions with David Mittman, Robert Blumm, and Glen Combs, as well as other individuals who support the name change, as I have had discussions with others who do not. I do this with the knowledge that any decision about changing the “physician assistant title must be made by the AAPA House of Delegates. I also invite you to call me for any further clarification of AAPA’s position, or any other concerns about this issue you feel merits further discussion. Sincerely, Jennifer L. Dorn Chief Executive Officer cc Eric Holden, PA-C; MJones, PA-C; Dave Mittman, PA-C; Stephen Lyons, PA-C; G. Combs, MA, PA-C; E. Ranzenbach, PA-C; Pamela Ivey, PA-C; David Larson, PA-C; William Mosher, PA-C; Ken Debarth, PA-C; Erik Pauls, PA-C; Thomas Roselle, PA-C; Roger Nevling, PA-C
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