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On 4/29/2018 at 2:32 PM, Sarahava said:

I recently joined the PAs for OTP group and really like it. It's nice to have the transparency and the memes they post contain info about your state delegates, state chapter, etc and encourage us to get involved (something that, frankly, we could learn from the NPs.)  I'm growing more concerned that OTP will just fizzle out, or that this new resolution proposed by TX, VA, and RI will pass, essentially gutting the heart of it. 

What is this new resolution for these states? I am starting PA school in a month and spending a pretty penny on this education. I fear that if OTP fizzles out there just won't be a market for PAs in the future. That makes me a little nervous going into this. 

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8 hours ago, PA20rks said:

What is this new resolution for these states? I am starting PA school in a month and spending a pretty penny on this education. I fear that if OTP fizzles out there just won't be a market for PAs in the future. That makes me a little nervous going into this. 

The resolution was to modify the language of OTP. It was voted down by the House of Delegates at the AAPA conference last month. 

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SAS, you and I have talked/debated a number of times about subjects on the Huddle.  You and Melinda convinced me to get more involved in TAPA; mainly in a grassroots effort to have my point of view heard.  Rev I know exactly whom you are talking about, and I was on a conference call with him not to long after this issue came up.  SAS I think you hit the nail on the head.  You have to become involved and make an attempt to become more involved to complain.  I think we have way to many keyboard warriors that cry out for change, but do very little to make change happen.   Personally I didn't see Facebook postings as a wanted poster, but of course I wasn't on the wanted poster.  I tend to agree that when you hold an office, you do open yourself up to ridicule.  It comes with the territory, but I wouldn't expect holding a TAPA office would open my family to threats of physical violence.  I am a bit concerned about how the Texas delegates voted.  I was part of the legislative committee when this came out, and was more than a little surprised that this was only talked about among the upper level of leadership.  Most of what we have been working on in the committee has been geared toward a very different strategy in the future.  While I wasn't totally upset with what I read, I was surprised by the wording in the resolution.  I was also told that letters and communication with the AAPA delegates would not change how they voted.  This does puzzle me especially since they are suppose to represent TAPA, and by extension the membership of TAPA.  I got the distinct feeling that the decision had already been made to support the resolution, and pressure from the membership was going to do absolutely nothing.  I think the delegates were mainly voting with the will of the Board of Directors.  Perhaps I just need more education on how TAPA/AAPA delegates vote, but I was told on this conference call that "it didn't matter what was said to the delegates."  Maybe there was some fear after it was advertised whom the delegates were, and as a result all communication was closed.  I also have to admit that some posts on the Facebook group were pretty out of line.  It is ok to disagree and be civil, but calling people names is for junior high school students.  It comes to down to one thing - Participation.  I did post in the Huddle that if people were so up in arms about this resolution, that they should go to New Orleans and be heard.  The floor was to be open to AAPA members as well as delegates. 

This is where the newer the generation of PAs can take the bull by the horns and lead. I am a firm believer in listening to some of the PAs that have been in the action and know a thing or two.  Respect the people that came before you, but think with your own mind.  Make your own decisions and lead with them.  But make sure you lead and stay behind a keyboard to make a point!  

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directors at large in many organizations really don't have a voice unfortunately. it is often the 'executive committee" of pres, vice pres, treasurer, and secretary who make all the choices. I was on the board of a specialty organization for a while. elected by my peers, etc. Didn't matter what I or the other DALs said. stuff was always decided at the "meeting before the meeting". and of course with the aapa not having voting transparency in the HOD, you really never know how any individual delegate votes. And we should know. and it should be written down...still can't believe they voted down the transparency legislation a few years ago...seemed like a total no brainer. I am hoping the current board of PAFT reintroduces it. 

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Until this new generation of PA's utterly demands change in our name and the way we practice, nothing will change.  My generation of PA's has made great strides in PA access to the system...license, prescriptive privileges etc but the holy grail of full integration will never exist until we have the word "assistant" removed from our name.  I hope for their sakes they can get it done where we have failed.

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