Pam McColl, MHP, PA-C
MAPA President 2013-14
We are looking forward to AAPA ImPAct 2014 in Boston at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from May 24 through May 28. We hope to see many fellow Massachusetts PAs in attendance. In addition to the great line up of CME’s, we hope you will be able to join us at the MAPA Social Reception at The Westin Hotel Sunday, May 25 from 6pm to 7:30 pm. We will also have a booth with information, giveaways and raffles in the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday, May 27 9am to 5 pm and Wednesday, May 28 9am to 2:30pm.
It is an honor to be the welcoming constituency organization for several thousand PAs from across the country. The Opening General Session on Saturday, May 24 from 4pm to 5:30pm will include Atul Gawande, MD well known Massachusetts physician and author. The Closing General Session which is held Wednesday, May 28 from 9am to 10:30am will include a Boston Marathon Bombing Panel.
AAPA ImPAct Moderators needed,/h4>
- Must be a current AAPA member
- Must be registered for the conference
- Feel comfortable speaking in front of a large audience
- Moderate a multi-hour block (morning or afternoon) in the same room-AAPA provides
speaker introductions and other instructions
- Attend a 30-minute orientation session
- Complete an evaluation form for each session you moderate
In return for moderating and upon receipt of your completed evaluations, AAPA will provide you with one the following:
- Discount off your 2014 AAPA membership renewal
- Discount off your 2015 Conference registration
- Merchandise at the AAPA Store
Cash contribution to the Physician Assistant Foundation
Julie Purcell, PA-C, President-Elect
Chair of the Membership Committee
With the upcoming AAPA conference in Boston, this is an amazing time to be a MAPA member. The AAPA conference will open on May 24th at the Boston Convention Center. MAPA will have several events which will provide the opportunity for you to speak with members of the board of directors. We welcome this opportunity to speak with members and potential members about issues affecting your practice and how MAPA can play a role.
On Sunday, May 25 at 6:00 PM in the Harbor One Ballroom of the Westin hotel MAPA will be co hosting a reception with the AAPA. All Massachusetts PAs are welcome to attend.
On Tuesday, May 27 the exhibit hall will open at the conference. MAPA will have a booth on the convention floor. This is your opportunity to stop by and catch up on the activities of MAPA. We can provide you with updates of the current legislative efforts. We would also welcome your input as to practice issues and the direction of the PA profession in general. If you’re not a MAPA member, this is your opportunity to sign up. We will be holding a raffle for a Kindle if you join or renewed your membership while at the convention.
On Tuesday afternoon we will be co hosting a reception with Highland Financial Group. Highland has been a supporter of MAPA for several years. They’ve been providing financial planning advice to MAPA members. If you are a new graduate, Highland representatives can talk to you about managing your educational debts while starting to achieve your other financial goals. If you are midcareer, Highland can assist in your financial planning for retirement or managing your children’s college costs. Wine and cheese will be provided.
MAPA is dependent on your financial support as a member to represent you on legislative and regulatory matters. Please support your profession by renewing your MAPA membership and encouraging your colleagues to join. Thank you to our membership for their continued support.
Call For Poster Submissions For The MAPA Fall CME Conference Boston 2014!
Attention PA students, graduate PAs, and affiliates:
Here is a chance to showcase your scholarly work at our annual MAPA Fall CME Conference in Boston 2014! We will be organizing a poster session to demonstrate activities in areas such as: original research (clinical and educational), master’s projects, quality improvement projects, global health experiences, community outreach and advocacy, etc.
This will be a great opportunity to achieve exposure for your work, network with peers, and add scholarly activities to your CV.
In addition, there will be two poster competitions: one for students, another one for graduates and affiliates.
Awards will be handed out to the winners along with a chance to give an oral presentation about your projects at the conference.
Please contact Oren Berowitz PhD, MSPH, PA-C for information and to submit posters: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call to Elections
As a MAPA member you are entitled to vote on your leadership. Elections for the 2014-15 Board of Directors will commence on May 1. The following individuals have been nominated:
Secretary (vote for 1 candidate) 2014-16 term
Director at Large (vote for 3 candidates) 2014-16 term
House of Delegate (vote for 3) for 2015 AAPA
conference in San Francisco
Ina Cushman- alternate
Heather Trafton, PA-C
Below is a link which will bring you to the Mass Health and Human Services, Pharmacy website. There you will find an advisory issued by DPH to all compounding pharmacy and pharmacists which clearly states that PAs do NOT need the supervising MDs name on the prescription. The DPH website has been recently updated with this information as well.
Please refer all pharmacists to this page if there are questions.
Please share this information with all your PA colleagues.
If you are still having issues please email MAPA and let us know.
In addition, Massachusetts PA Students visited with state reps and the MAPA lobbyists on April 16th. They were lobbying on behalf of PA issues.
Our professional team is very active on an ongoing basis and we are working on the following issues:
- Urging MassHealth to follow regulations regarding designating PAs and PCPs. AAPA is dedicated to supporting Mass. PAs on this issue as well
- Working with Mass Health so PAs can provide mental health services
- Keeping abreast of medical marijuana prescribing issues and updating MAPA members
- PAs performing disability findings
- Ongoing work with DPH on concussion issues, death certificates, Section 12.
- Fluoroscopy issues: see the website for details.
Meredith Johnson PA-C
Happy Spring (despite the recent sleet)
Traditionally, in years past, Spring was the end of a membership cycle so I would urge you to renew your membership now if you need to or to encourage a colleague to join as your dollar goes a very long way with MAPA. The members of the board are an all volunteer association and do donate a significant amount of their free time to PA causes each year. (You too can become a part of the Association in a small or large way in our upcoming elections.)
Your one hundred dollars does a tremendous amount of work for you behind the scenes. It lobbies for you on Beacon Hill so PAs are better reimbursed for their efforts. It does community outreach to meet PAs, meet students and answer questions for the general public about what a Physician Assistant is and does. It goes towards building a better website and social media network so PAs in the community can better communicate their ideas, concerns and successes. It sponsors local CMEs
and brings in national speakers to clarify current dilemmas in healthcare, healthcare distribution and leadership.
Delightfully Boston will be hosting the AAPA conference at the end of May; we invite BOTH you MAPA members and not-yet MAPA members, but PAs throughout the Commonwealth, to come to the MAPA meet and greet soiree during the conference which is free. I strongly encourage you to come and reconnect.
MAPA CME Updates
Thanks to Chamberlain Medical for organizing another high quality Spring CME at Lahey Clinic. Nearly 200 PAs attended a day of learning and PA networking. Please plan to join us for the Fall CME in early October!
As part of the MAPA Fall CME October 23-26, 2014 we will be having two special workshops on Saturday, October 25: Back by popular demand: Student Track focusing on entering the workforce
topics as well as the Third Annual Massachusetts PA Student Challenge Bowl
New this year:
Leadership Workshop with topics of interest to PAs in leadership roles at work and/or wanting to become involved with constituency organizations. PA Educators, Clinical Leaders, and Executives will be invited. As more and more PAs enter this role, MAPA is always looking for ways to support PA’s needs.
Massachusetts PA Program News
MCP Boston: Approx 160 students plan to attend the PA Conference in May. MCP students participated in the MAPA Fall Challenge Bowl. We also work in Boston with the Health Care for the Homeless. Ongoing work as PA students.
Tufts: MAPA student representatives working with MAPA as the program
starts its second year. Clinical rotations and finals occupying our time!
Northeastern: Welcoming new faculty, accreditation, finals. Upcoming April medical mission trip to Guatemala for 19 students. As all programs, end of year activities keep
BU: First class of students start in late May. Exciting time for Boston University!
Please let us know if you have any suggestions to help us improve MAPA for you.
Don’t hesitate to call us any questions or concerns you might have. We hope to see you at an upcoming MAPA event.