MAPA Newsletter February 2015
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Julie Purcell, PA-C
MAPA President 2014-15
Dear MAPA members:
MAPA is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. For some of you, 40 years is literally a lifetime; for others, 40 years may seem like it was just yesterday. To our founding members: Thank you for having the forethought to establish a professional organization to represent PAs in Massachusetts. This organization has evolved from a small group to a recognized corporation with over 600 members. Without a professional organization representing them, PAs would not have made the gains we currently enjoy in clinical practice. To the many volunteers (both past and current) who have dedicated time to this organization: Thank you.
The need for continued professional representation continues. Like many of you, as my career evolved from “new grad” to “experienced” and “senior” status, I have come to appreciate the importance and need of having a voice on Beacon Hill for legislative and regulatory issues. Without professional representation, PAs risk being left behind as other non-physician practices gain a stronger foothold in this rapidly evolving world of healthcare. We need you as members. We need your colleagues to be members. Each of us has a responsibility to promote our profession. That effort is easily obtained and is affordable: a $100/year membership in MAPA.
Why is membership important and what does my $100 buy?
Please continue to support your profession by maintaining your membership and encouraging your colleagues to join.
|Call to Elections
Sheri Talbott, PA-C
MAPA President-elect 2014-15
Dear MAPA members:
This is the time of year where you have the opportunity to select the leadership of the board of directors of MAPA in addition to becoming part of it.
If you have ever considered becoming more involved with your state organization, now is the time. Nominations are open for two executive office positions. You would be joining a group of dynamic leaders at the board level for MAPA. Everyone has something to contribute and all interested parties are welcome to participate. The only requirement is to be a Physician Assistant in good standing and a fellow member of MAPA and AAPA.
Nominations are due by April 15. The election will commence on May 1.
The open positions are:
If you are interested or would like to nominate an interested party, please send your name and desired position to: email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us as well.
Sheri L Talbott MS, PA-C
|Annual Membership Meeting
MAPA will be having its annual membership meeting at the Spring CME at the Lahey Clinic. The event will be held Saturday March 14th. The membership meeting will take place just prior to the lunch break at the conference (approximately 11:30am). If you are not attending the CME you are still welcome to attend the meeting. The Board of Directors will provide an overview of the activities of MAPA for the past year and our goals for the future. Our lobbyist, Charles Glick, will be in attendance and providing insight into MAPA’s legislative efforts. Your input is important as we are your representation for PAs in Massachusetts. If you have practice issues or legislative concerns, please let us know. We look forward to meeting with you. (If you are unable to attend the meeting and have issues that are of importance to you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
MAPA 2015 State House Advocacy Day
by Kate Worrall
Join MAPA and energized PA Students from around Massachusetts for our 2015 Annual Student Advocacy Day on Beacon Hill. PAs, supporters, and students from across the Commonwealth will convene to speak to legislators and staff about the training and work of our state’s current and future PAs. We will concentrate on our legislative agenda, specifically ensuring that MassHealth appropriately recognizes PAs as primary care providers. A morning program will be followed by legislative visits to attendees’ legislators. This year’s Advocacy Day will take place on Wednesday, April 15th at the Grand Staircase (2nd floor) of the State House. Plan to join in if you are available! All PAs welcome.
Boston University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
by Douglas-Jarrett Cole Turno, PA-S1
The Boston University PA Program’s inaugural class is rounding out the last few months of its first didactic year. Our curriculum has been intricately tied to our medical student counterparts, sharing the majority of our classes with those of the medical school. We are currently starting our module on Neurology. We are also eagerly awaiting the arrival of next year’s class, who are in the process of preparing to move to Boston. The inaugural class is establishing a mentor program to assist first year BU PA students with the transition into school – from getting to know our city to balancing and managing the seemingly endless study load.
As didactic days begin to dwindle, we are increasing our clinical rotation preparations with a variety of clinical learning opportunities. One such setting involves shadowing opportunities in trauma surgery at Boston Medical Center via the Boston University School of Medicine Surgical Society.
Our program’s Director of Research, Dr. Oren Berkowitz, has spearheaded a new initiative to include an in-depth dental and oral health curriculum, which has recently included shadowing opportunities at BU’s Goldman School of Dental Medicine. PA students are seeing patients along side third and fourth year dental students in the free dental clinic, in an effort to foster inter-professional relationships and increase our base of oral health knowledge in the context of primary care.
James Meisel, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine has just joined us as our Medical Director. Dr. Meisel is an associate clerkship director for the BUSM medical student clerkship and a Department of Medicine Evans Educator.
We continue to look forward to clinical rotations in April, the arrival of our new students and the next phase of our medical education.
Tufts University PA Program News
by Rhys Hackford PA-S
Tufts will graduate its first PA class of 29 students on January 30, 2015. More than half of the class have received job offers. Most will be taking the PANCE in February and March.
We just started our third class of 50 students. More than half are from New England but there is broad representation from the west coast, mountain states, the south and the Midwest.
by Lisa Statz, PAS
Our class is VERY busy right now taking 14 classes! Additionally, we have a group of students planning an international medicine trip to Guatemala over our spring break where they will be working to help establish a clinic in a rural area, seeing patients and helping families build safe stoves & heating units in their homes. They have begun fundraising for this already! Also, we have a group of students who are planning on going to AAPA and are putting a team together for challenge bowl. Community outreach continues to be a focus for our class, last semester we volunteered at Cradles to Crayons, The Food Project, Delivered food to critically ill patients at Thanksgiving, and had a clothing drive in December. This semester, we have reached out to an organization called More Than Words, a mentoring organization for disadvantaged youth empowerment. And lastly, we have spoken to several groups last semester spreading the word about the PA profession and we have a couple more in the works with the Pre PA club and another undergraduate program at Northeastern.
by Duncan Daviau, PA-S
MCPHS PA students volunteered with the Hope Lodge this past month. PA students cooked a meal and spent time with patients and families as they sought cancer treatment at local area hospitals. Finally, a group of MCPHS PA students are venturing to Nicaragua during spring break for a service trip with the group FNE International. They will be spending their time building a house, working to set a up a health clinic, and expand access to healthcare in the area. They will be taking time to learn about the country and their healthcare system.
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.