Happy PA Week from MAPA
Pam McColl, MHP, PA-C
MAPA President 2013-14
Happy PA Week to All! Though it is human nature to see change as a slow process, when we look at the roots of our profession, the growth that we have seen over the years and the opportunity that is on the horizon, the pace of this change is overwhelming! Of course, no change occurs without work. MAPA is extremely lucky now to have a dedicated core of volunteers, in addition to the hard work of our Executive Director Jay Chamberlain and our lobbyist Charles Glick. The breadth, depth and success of our CME events is ever increasing under the guidance of Jay. The legislative gains we have been afforded were gained by seeds sown and continually cultivated by Charles and his group. We owe much to the early PAs in our state who started the organization and helped it to incorporate and develop. We also look forward to the recently graduated PAs, as well as those on the horizon to graduate and the scores of dedicated individuals applying to the many programs, to take the lead in the coming years. Health care will most definitely be different and PAs will be playing a strong role. I encourage you all to stop and smell the flowers of accomplishment but then dig in and do some of the work to cultivate future blossoms. Happy PA Week one and all!
Julie Purcell, PA-C
President-Elect, Chair of the Membership Committee
MAPA continues to build on its core membership. PAs throughout the state appreciate the value that membership in MAPA provides. For a mere $100 a year (27¢ /day) you are part of the only organization that represents PA practice in Massachusetts. With the changing healthcare environment it has never been more important to have a collective voice speak on the need to improve and enhance PA practice regulations in Massachusetts. MAPA has been working hard on your behalf to improve reimbursement for PA services. Most recently Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced that it will reimburse first assist fees for PAs (previously not covered). As a member, we need to hear from you on issues that are impacting your practice.
MAPA membership also provides for discounted fees at our CME conferences. Look for our next CME event in March 2014. This will be our 1-day Pharmacology conference. This conference meets the Massachusetts requirement for pharmacology education CME hours.
MAPA is working on expanding its networking events. For the second year we have hosted an open social night at our Fall CME for all PAs in the state. We are in the early planning stages for hosting a similar event at the AAPA conference which will be held at the Boston Convention Center in May 2014.
For those of you who are already MAPA members, thank you for your continued support. For those whose membership has lapsed or have not previously joined, please support your profession by becoming part of MAPA. Most large employers reimburse for membership. Come join us!
PA Students Program News and Leadership Camp
Cathy Hamel, PA-C; Pam McColl, PA-C & Allison Ruhe, PA-S
As Tufts University’s PA program is in its inaugural didactic year, this brings the number to five active PA programs in
Massachusetts. In addition, Boston University has their faculty in place and is on course to matriculate their first class, says Mary Warner PA C, Program Director. The program will matriculate its first class of up to 28 students in April 2014. And MGH Institute of Health Professions has hired a Program Director and is in the first phase of their accreditation process. They join established programs at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy at Boston and Worcester, Northeastern University, Bay Path College, and Springfield College.
As our PA student population grows, so does MAPA’s support for our students. MAPA will lend support for the upcoming Student Leadership Conference in early October. The MAPA student representatives are excited to announce that MAPA is sponsoring a Leadership Camp this year open to all current PA students in Massachusetts! Save the date for Saturday, October 5th from 12-5 PM at Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Bornstein Family Amphitheater). We hope this will become an annual event to kick off PA week. During this event, we will explore ways to get involved locally, regionally, and nationally as both a PA student and a PA-C. There will also be an opportunity to provide your input on a new inter-program annual event! Following the event, there will be a happy hour at Flann O’Brien’s with BOGO appetizers to mingle with your fellow students from across Massachusetts. Lunch will be provided and there will be raffle prizes! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Leadership Forum is one example of how our PA students are already active in the local PA profession. Over 70 students attended the MAPA Conference and the Student Challenge Bowl was won by Northeastern PA students. Pictured here are MCP PA Students and the winning team from Northeastern. During this year’s Fall CME event at the Omni Parker Hotel, the student’s enjoyed a day of topics devoted to them. Lectures titled “Managing Student Debt”, “How to Write a Resume” and “Test Taking Skills” to name a few were presented. The day was then topped off by the Massachusetts PA Student Challenge Bowl. Teams from Bay State College, MCPHS Boston, Northeastern and Tufts all competed to a very enthusiastic audience with this year’s championship going to Northeastern.
MAPA is committed to meeting the needs of our growing student population and looks forward to further events dedicated to students.MAPA Student Challenge Bowl Participants Winning Challenge Bowl Team from Northeastern Univ.
Fall CME Conference Boston – Anotherhuge success.
Jay Chamberlain PA-C
The MAPA Fall CME was held at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston Sept 5-8. The program was attended by over 240 PAs
and NPs from across the Massachusetts and the US. We had attendees from California, Texas, Georgia, Minnesota, and more. We wish to thank everyone that attended for making the program a great success. The conference was highlighted by AAPA President Larry Herman delivering 2 presentations. One on utilizing Medical Apps in Clinical Practice and the second his
Update on the AAPA. We truly appreciate President Herman’s words and attendance at this MAPA event.
We hope you will mark your calendar for future MAPA CME events. We will be returning to the Lahey Clinic in March for our Pharmacology Update and to Boston in the Fall for our Fall CME program. Please let us know if you have specific topics or speaker you feel might be appropriate for these programs.
BCBS of Massachusetts Million Hearts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is pleased to be working with the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants (MAPA) on the Million Hearts® campaign. By working together to spread the word of this campaign, we can meet the shared goal to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
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 Spring CME in Burlington.
Jay Chamberlain PA-C
Executive Director, MAPA
Chamberlain Medical Resources