In lieu of my comments about conferences, I thought
I could encourage any of you PA student or future PA student readers to make a
concerted effort during your student years to make it to the AAPA's IMPACT
annual conference because it's stellar.
The hashtag of this year's conference was #PAsTakeDC
and was held at one of Washington's biggest conference venues which resulted in
aerobic exercise traversing from one lecture to another.
This was my second AAPA conference, so going in I
knew what I wanted to get out of it: networking, competing in the Challenge
Bowl, and a few CME lectures on topics I was interested in. I did accomplish my
objectives and made a local PA friend in the process who is one of the proud
and few who works in the NICU (the NICU is dominated by DNPs).
The highlight for me was the networking I made with
some members of Physician Assistants for Global Health (http://www.pasforglobalhealth.com/)
which featured a PA student's report from her trip to Thailand and a career PAs
medical mission work in South Sudan.
There's a false, on-the-street stigma cautioning
prospective global health workers that PAs are not recognized internationally
and to purse a DNP or an MD. It's completely not true in areas around the globe
where medical care is lacking! The world needs PAs and I was reminded of my own
desire to serve overseas.
It made me thrilled for my global health rotation in
Uganda this September and I was encouraged to be an advocate for PA programs to
offer a global health rotation. 25% of medical students have overseas experience
and we as PAs fall behind. We've got to see the rest of the world to appreciate
the cultures we'll interact with during our careers stateside.
I was reminded that CME is important for staying
sharp in clinical practice. I have used some of my tropical medicine knowledge
from a session this week in my primary care clinical. It's so great to learn
practical, applicable things in a non-testing environment.
My school's Challenge Bowl Team rocked! The
Challenge Bowl is best described as PA student Jeopardy with Alex Trebek
substituted for the president of the AAPA. This year our three-man teams were
herded into a giant auditorium and were given a 50-question pop quiz with
The best scores went up to stage to compete against
three other teams. In short, our team, Jefferson College of Health Sciences,
made it to the semi-finals and lost the wild card. And yes, I did answer one
question correctly after two teams had missed; the answer was "recall bias"
which I hope isn't plaguing this post because I really did enjoy the
And, I got to see the ADVANCE for NPs &PAs team at their booth and thank them for
letting me share my thoughts on this blog.
Any other readers attend the AAPA conference? I'd love to hear your insights.