Professional extracurriculars are key to bringing the value of the PA education taught in the classroom and on rotations into your practice as a PA. These are the experiences that ignite our passion as PAs and PA students, and push us to become better PAs.
2. Network with PAs and PA students
Who doesn’t love meeting like-minded people who share the same vision for our profession? At AAPA’s LAS, rub elbows with PAs and PA students from across the country who have a similar commitment to leading the profession.
3. Participate in the discussion
AAPA is committed to providing PAs and PA students many opportunities to be involved in advocacy, and to have a “seat at the table,” through its various committees, grassroots networks, political action committee, conferences and events like LAS.
4. Discover a new passion
There is certainly professional and personal value in expanding your leadership repertoire. And as you engage in new opportunities, new passions can be discovered. Check out the LAS agenda and see what sparks your interest!
5. Meet with your legislators
Do you want to shape the future of the profession and see Congress make decisions that positively impact PAs and the patients you serve? Your appointments with legislators will be made for you, and all training, materials and logistical details will be provided by AAPA.
6. Get CME
Category 1 CME credit will be offered during dynamic learning sessions on hot topics in state law, navigating new CME requirements, practicing at the top of PA education and expertise, incorporating new models of healthcare and more.
7. Inspire and energize your colleagues
Motivate your colleagues and students back home in your practice, in your field and in your state with what you’ve learned through the networking and professional development sessions at LAS.
8. Take your interest in PA advocacy to the national level
While many PAs are involved in advocacy at the state level where scope of practice changes are made, many barriers to practice still exist at the national level. This is your chance to introduce yourself and the profession to more than 70 new members of Congress.
9. Build your constituent organization (CO)
Participate in interactive learning sessions specially designed to help CO volunteer leaders build and strengthen their chapter, specialty organization, caucus or special interest group. Hear from experts on topics such as financial management, data security, qualities of effective boards, successful marketing campaigns and strengthening the AAPA/CO bond. Help move your organization to the next level!
10. Shape the future of PAs
As the profession grows and changes, so does AAPA. Network with AAPA leaders and you can learn about—and contribute to—the Academy’s strategic plan for the coming years.
Sound too good to be true? It isn’t! Find out more at www.aapa.org/LAS.
Melissa Ricker, PA-C, is the president of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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