Pam McColl, MHP, PA-C
MAPA President 2013-14
The MAPA year begins anew. Sean Robinson accomplished much during his presidency in a year when more positive changes in legislation for Physician Assistants occurred than in many recent years. We are all appreciative of his dedication. I look forward to my term and knowing that I am surrounded by dedicated board members who are eager and available. This upcoming year should prove to be an interesting one for Massachusetts PAs.
- All the positive legislative changes that were passed will become fully implemented. PAs ability to be a part of the solution to healthcare reform will be enhanced.
- MAPA’s Fall and Spring CME Conferences will offer high quality educational opportunities.
- Boston is the host city for the annual AAPA Conference next May. Thousands of Physician Assistants from across the country will visit our state for the opportunity of advancing medical knowledge and gaining necessary CME credits.
- The number of PA students in our commonwealth continues to grow as programs come on board and expand. MAPA has the ability to connect with these young professionals and secure our leaders of tomorrow.
Every day PAs make a difference to many patients in a variety of practice settings and specialties. Every day MAPA supports PAs in their ability to continue to provide excellent care. We should all be proud to be members of this profession. I am looking forward to a year with lots of opportunity and encourage your involvement. When we all work together, the possibilities are endless.
Outgoing President’s Letter
Sean T. Robinson, MS, PA-C
MAPA Immediate Past President
During the AAPA annual conference in Washington DC last May, I was asked to speak about the legislative
accomplishments that MAPA has achieved over the last few years. While on the dais addressing constituent organization (CO) leaders from around the country, it occurred to me how much MAPA has achieved in this front and how fortunate we are to have dedicated members like you helping the MAPA board of directors along the way. Though there is still plenty of work to do on the laws and regulations governing PA practice in the Commonwealth, there is much to celebrate. I can think of no better way to wrap up my term as president than to boast about what MAPA has achieved to a room full of other CO leaders.
Though I am no longer president of MAPA, my work with the board is not done. I now begin my year-long term as “immediate past president” where I can offer any guidance or support to the current president and president-elect. However, the president, Pam McColl, and the president-elect, Julie Purcell are not-your-average board members. Their expert planning skills and insight to the inner workings of MAPA and indeed, the PA profession require little support from me. MAPA members should be happy to learn that the organization is in very good hands.
I’d like to thank all of the MAPA board members and our management company (Chamberlain Medical Resources) for making my time as president a joy. Your attention to the details of making this organization run is commendable.
Exciting New Collaboration!
Bianca Belcher, MPH, PA-C
Director at Large
We are excited to announce MAPA’s new collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts. We are working together to promote the Millions Hearts Campaign and help them reach their goal of preventing 1 million strokes and heart attacks by the year 2017. The collaborative campaign will also include promotion of PAs in Massachusetts. Throughout the year you will see parts of the campaign at our Fall and Spring CME conferences as well as at the AAPA conference in Boston. In addition we hope to have a Million Hearts Campaign CME webinar available on our website.
We are thrilled about this excellent opportunity to work with BCBS, as have been instrumental in facilitating the recognition of PAs as primary care providers within the state. Stay tuned for more information regarding this campaign in our upcoming newsletters and social media postings. If you are interested in being part of the campaign, please contact Bianca Belcher, MPH, PA-C at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outstanding PA Leadership Opportunity
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is looking for an outstanding and experienced primary care PA representative to sit on the BCBSMA Provider Advisory Council that is chaired by Dr. Lee Steingisser. This is a great opportunity for PAs as a new provider group to have a voice in new initiatives led by BCBSMA in the community. This Council meets one evening every other month and focus on Care Management. If you are interested, please contact Bianca Belcher, MPH, PA-C at email@example.com.
MAPA Joins Blue Cross/Blue Shield in “Million Hearts Campaign”
Heather Trafton, MBA, PA-C
Director at Large, Chair of the Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee
MAPA is working with BlueCross of Massachusetts in keeping cardiovascular health at the forefront of patient care. We are looking for PA volunteers, new graduate and veteran PAs, who would be willing to work with BC/BS as the public campaign initiative moves forward. If you are interested please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall CME Conference Includes PA Student Sessions
Pam McColl, MHP, PA-C & Bianca Belcher, MPH, PA-C
Fall Student Track Agenda
Thursday, September 5, 2013
4:15pm – 5:15pm
“What’s New with theAAPA” – Larry Herman, AAPA, President
5:30pm – 7:00pm Evening reception
You are invited to join in the reception. Attendees will be wearing name tags identifying themselves and their specialty. Students are encouraged to also wear nametags with their name and program affiliation and mingle and have conversations with practicing PAs.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
1:00pm – 5:00pm – Lectures listed below
“MAPA, SAAPA, AAPA, HOD, PA week… What does it all mean and why should you participate!”
“Managing Student Debt” -Discuss strategies to help new graduates with financial decisions
“The Job Search” – resume building, interviewing skills, selling yourself, salary negotiation
Presentations will be followed by question and answer forum and small round table discussions. Students will be encouraged to bring resumes for individual consultations.
5:30 to 7:00pm MAPA Challenge Bowl 2013
Earn bragging rights for your program while practicing for the AAPA Challenge Bowl. Teams of 5 encouraged to participate
Student Track Co-Chairs
MAPA President: Pam McColl, PA-C and MAPA President MAPA Director-at-Large: Bianca Belcher, MPH, PA-C
Julie Purcell, PA-C
President-Elect, Chair of the Membership Committee
Thank you to all of you who have renewed your membership or recently become MAPA members. It is due to your support that MAPA is able to carry out its mission to support Physician Assistants in the Commonwealth. MAPA membership has remained relatively stable over the past 6 months; however, we would like to see greater participation from your PA colleagues.
What are the benefits of being a MAPA member?
- Discounted fees at our highly rated CME events (Fall: 3-day conference; Spring 1-day pharmacology conference)
- Representation on regulatory and legislative issues in Massachusetts-our representatives have helped shape pro PA legislation for over 25 years!*80% of dues are tax deductible
- Free attendance at our social event on Thursday September 5th 5:30- 7:30pm at the Fall CME
- Free attendance at the social event at the AAPA Conference (May 24-29, 2014 – Boston)
- Access to quarterly Newsletter
- Representation at the AAPA House of Delegates
If you are not currently a MAPA member, please join by visiting our website: www.mass-pa.com.
If you are a member, please join us on Thursday evening September 5th at 5:30pm at the Omni Parker House in Boston, MA. It a great opportunity to network with your fellow PAs and talk to Board members about issues that is affecting your practice.
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. I hope to see you at the Fall CME in Boston.
Jay Chamberlain PA-C
Executive Director, MAPA
Chamberlain Medical Resources