For many years this has been a hot topic and understandably so. As PA's we have been practicing medicine in a tight union with MD's who initially were obligated to be physically present and over the years that has been modified few times. For years PA's were providing health care to patients without MD's present on a site and we proved that it is safe, effective and efficient. Today we reached a new level of responsibility and arguing that as a mid level providers we Can practice medicine with full Responsibility and Authority.Our past President, Jeffrey Katz has been working on this proposal for over a year and posted it on a website http://news-center.aapa.org , where everyone can read it. The proposal is self explanatory, outlines all important aspects of our practice and soon will be ready to be presented to AAPA and HOD for final discussion and approval.
As Jeffrey wisely put-it is the responsibility of each PA to read, participate and make final suggestions and comments to this proposal. We are obliged to do our part and be proactive in this process. I was present on a few conference calls where Jeffrey Katz and other members of committee were presenting FRAP, explaining each paragraph of its proposal. At the end of each call Jeffrey asked us, as leaders of constituent organizations, to convey a message to our members about importance to read and participate in FRAP survey. Based on a survey they can make additional changes and finalize the proposal.
We are at the steps of important changes to how we will practice medicine. We can gain full responsibility and authority to run medical practice, to provide health care to patients, be independent and still retain a union with Medical Doctors as Partners, rather then as Assistants. It is the hard and honest work of those, who were at the beginning of PA Profession. Those, who had vision for our future and stood by it. Today they are working hard to honor what is well deserved by our and grant it to the next generation of Physician Assistants.
I strongly encourage each member to take their time, read proposal and participate in a survey. It is literally takes every single PA and for that matter PA Students, to move this proposal into its final stages. Then its the turn of AAPA and HOD Committee members to review and send it to the next level, so it becomes a law. Just imagine that you can practice medicine, give your full knowledge and care to patients without constrains and limitations posed by outdated law and regulations. Over the years we proved that we can do it and with a new law on our side we will continue to do so.
I would like to wish Happy Holidays to all our members.
Looking back at the past year we all can say that our accomplishments as Physician Assistants are real. We are named one of the fastest growing profession by Forbes magazine. The number of new applicants for PA Programs among students growing exponentially. It became as desirable, competitive and prestigious as a medical school.
As a profession, we became an important part of providing health care to our citizens. We uniquely positioned ourselves across the board, practicing medicine in all possible fields. Many of us practice medicine in autonomy, taking care of patients on a day to day basis. Most of us working in collaboration with Physicians. In our field we work with Plastic Surgeons hand in hand and this union proved to be inseparable, productive and healthy. There are more and more surgeons aware of the need and benefits to have a PA by their side-we offer them our experience, stability, love for this field and financial incentive. There are still plenty of Plastic Surgeons that need to be introduced to an idea of having PA's added to their practice. Educating Plastic Surgeons would help newly graduated PA's to land a job in our field. As experienced PA's we all can contribute to spreading a word of knowledge to Surgeons about benefits of hiring a PA for their practice. Those of us that have been working with their Surgeons for a long time know that we look at the practice as Our practice.
Year after year our Association grows bigger and stronger. We all share our love and enthusiasm for profession and this exciting field. Every year more PA's get interested in plastic surgery and join us for a reason. I would like to ask each member to remember why we joined our Association and I am sure those reasons have great ideas for us to implement. I am looking forward to hear from all our members, your comments, ideas, thoughts are important to us. I wish to everyone of us health, success, prosperity, peace and happiness. May next year give us strength and desire for more accomplishments.
Yours truly, APSPA President, Inessa Shlifer.
Plastic Surgery PA, Manhattan, NY
I often receive emails from fellow PA Students with question on how to become a Plastic Surgery PA. At the AAPA Conference in San Antonio I spent a lot of time talking to students and PA's on what is the best way to get into this field. All of us who work in plastic surgery took different routes, but goal was accomplished-we are part if this exciting field. I can only share my story and what I had to do to be where I am and share some experience with students on what is helpful to become one. In my time it was different in a sense that we had less PA's graduating every year then it is now. But even then PA's that wanted to go to surgery went to Surgical Residencies to learn. Many of them had an opportunity to have job in surgical department from the start, but they knew that without proper training it will take them longer to get where they were once they graduated from residency. It was a valuable learning experience. Now the market is crowded and students have to work harder to stand out from their classmates and it is even more important to receive surgical training. My recommendations would be:...Read full story
On my first day as a President of APSPA I would like to thank everyone who participated in this year elections, took their time and voted for candidates.It is my honor and privilege to serve our Association and I would put my time and effort to make it worthwhile for our members.
I would like to welcome a new member to our board of directors, Gabrielle Troisi. She was very enthusiastic to put her candidacy forward and will be serving as a Secretary of our APSPA. It is exciting to have her joining us and I am sure she will be an asset to our Association.
I would like to thank Valerie DeGregorio for putting out her candidacy to serve as a Secretary. At this time Gabrielle got more votes and our board of directors suggested to assign a different role to Valerie- membership care. This will give her a good amount of responsibilities to follow up on existing members and to welcome new ones to our Association.
I would like to thank our outgoing President, Julia Boucher for her great work. As everyone knows she served two terms as a Secretary and one term as a President of APSPA. She still will be an active board member and help me to transition into this position.
While serving as a Secretary of APSPA I received a good understanding of how our Association works and what we need to do to make it worthwhile for our members to stay in and for new PA's to join us....Read full story
We had very good time at our annual business meeting, had discussions on various topics, shared thoughts and ideas on future of APSPA. At the HOD meeting every day was filled with discussions, you can go on AAPA site and read about accomplishments of that meeting. A lot of PA's participated in 5K Run/Walk, everyone was very enthusiastic and made to a finish line.
Our annual business meeting was attended by nine Physician Assistants- seven PA"s practicing in Plastic and Reconstructive field and two students that very interested to join our field. Our board was represented by Inessa Shlifer-Secretary of APSPA. Inessa presented power point that was prepared by Julia Boucher-our President. The agenda for discussion was approved....Read full story
February 2014 finally brought the 2013 AAPA national salary survey to our mailboxes! The survey was the most comprehensive compilation of data regarding PA practice to date and highlights some of the benefits of the practicing PA in Plastic Surgery:
* More than 18,000 PAs responded to the survey, only 84 respondents selected Plastic Surgery as their subspecialty.
* The median earnings for a PA (any specialty) noted for 2013 were $90,000 for PAs on salary and $100,000 for...Read full story
By Jordan Garner-Roberts, PA-S
When many people think of plastic surgery, the immediate image that comes to mind is that of cosmetic procedures. The reality is that Physician Assistants who work in plastic and reconstructive surgery work in many different settings. As a student, it is a very exciting field to be a part of because of the many different subspecialties, including burn reconstruction, trauma...Read full story
Each year I look forward to attending the ASPS Conference. It is a time to find out what is happening in Plastic Surgery around the country, connect with other Plastic Surgery PA’s and further my education. The always beautiful locations and free drug rep dinners aren’t so bad either! This year, the ASPS Conference was held in Sunny San Diego over Columbus Day Weekend....Read full story