Apr
10
Team Up with AAPA on New CME Initiatives
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The American Academy of Physician Assistants seeks PA volunteers to help craft CME for its annual conference and beyond.

Help Design CME for AAPA’s 2014 Annual Conference

Project leaders:  Shelley Hicks, AAPA Director, Education and Volunteer Chair, TBD

What we need
AAPA seeks volunteers to design engaging educational content for the 2014 AAPA annual conference that will meet the needs of PAs in a rapidly changing healthcare environment and attract increasing numbers of PAs to the conference.

What you’ll do
Volunteers will be asked to:

  • Learn about new approaches and PA needs by: reviewing past AAPA educational initiatives; examining the content and innovative CME delivery methods used at other conferences; and reviewing the AAPA conference and census survey data
  • Help develop an educational content (CME) approach for the 2014 annual conference and the Call for Presentations
  • Reach out to specialty organizations, caucuses and special interest groups to encourage submissions to the Call for Presentations
  • Evaluate submissions received in response to the Call for Presentations
  • Help identify potential CME presenters for annual conference lectures, interactive case presentations (ICPs) and workshops

We seek up to 12 volunteers, including:

  • At least one PA with knowledge about the future healthcare landscape and the emerging roles of PAs
  • One representative from each of the AAPA educational initiative advisory boards (CV Risk Reduction and Diabetes)
  • At least six clinically practicing AAPA members with some experience in conference planning and/or adult education
  • Additional specialty, public and/or patient representatives with experience in conference planning and/or adult education

Requirements
Between May and December 2013, volunteers must be willing to:

  • Participate in at least three conference calls of approximately 1.5 hours in length
  • Attend one in-person meeting in the Washington, D.C. area
  • Conduct and briefly write up the results of independent research on potential new approaches to CME and PA needs
  • Review a minimum of 50 CME proposals

AAPA will pay travel expenses. The total expected time commitment for this project is 200+ hours, including individual review of proposals.

How to apply
No later than Friday, April 26, please send your contact information (name, specialty area, address, location of practice or study, email address and preferred phone number) and your statement of interest/qualifications (including any relevant experience in conference planning, educational content development, and/or adult education) to: volunteer@aapa.org.

AAPA Needs Your Expertise for New CME Model

Project leaders:  Daniel Pace, AAPA Senior Director, Education and Volunteer Chair, TBD

What we need
The AAPA annual conference is currently the organization’s second-largest revenue stream and provides an important opportunity for PAs to obtain required CME credits in a consolidated timeframe. With a rapidly changing healthcare environment, new and expanded roles for PAs, and increased opportunities for online CME, AAPA is seeking a group of forward-thinking volunteers to help us meet the life-long learning objectives of PAs through the annual conference and other forums throughout the year.

What you’ll do
PA volunteers will join experts from adult education, conference planning and educational technology to help design a volunteer planning structure to make sure that:

  • All AAPA educational programs are relevant to current healthcare needs and help address key gaps in PA knowledge
  • CME opportunities at conference are connected to other life-long learning opportunities available through AAPA
  • AAPA-provided CME and life-long learning opportunities outside of conference are relevant and connected to AAPA educational objectives
  • AAPA’s educational program is cost-effective and has a sustainable business model

Among the questions the group will be asked to answer are:

  • What educational strategy should AAPA pursue? What aspects of the strategy must be long-term, and what should vary from year to year?
  • Where does the annual conference fit in this educational strategy?
  • How can we extend the educational opportunities provided at conference throughout the year?
  • How can we build a robust set of volunteers to develop and execute annual educational plans, including the development of CME offerings at conference?
  • How can we best use the strong skill sets of PAs to develop course content? What other skill sets are needed?

Requirements
We seek up to six PA volunteers with an interest and experience in adult education, conference planning and CME development. We need a diverse group demographically and geographically, as well as from a variety of specialty areas. Business experience is a plus.

Between May and November 2013, volunteers must be willing to:

  • Participate in up to two in-person meetings, which may be one or two days long, in the Washington, D.C. area
  • Take part in phone calls and respond to email, as needed
  • Find and read background material in preparation for meetings and phone calls
  • Be willing to develop portions of the group’s report

AAPA will pay for travel expenses.The total expected time commitment for this project is 50 hours.

How to apply
No later than Friday, April 26, please send your contact information (name, specialty area, address, location of practice or study, email address and preferred phone number) and your statement of interest/qualifications (including any relevant experience in conference planning, educational content development and/or adult education) to: volunteer@aapa.org.

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