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  • BREAKING NEWS: AAPA Names New CEO

    The American Academy of Physician Assistants today announced that Jennifer L. (Jenna) Dorn will join the academy as chief executive officer on Oct. 31. Dorn takes the AAPA’s helm from interim executive vice president and CEO, James Potter, who himself took over in January after the abrupt resignation of Bill Leinweber. The EVP/CEO oversees all ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on September 26, 2011
  • Don't Rest During the Recess!

    Congress is in recess this month, and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) says it's the perfect time for you to inform your federal legislators about issues that matter to NPs and PAs. This week, NAPNAP posted a toolkit to assist NPs in doing this. Meanwhile, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) has ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on August 19, 2011
  • Physician Shortage Isn't the Only One Looming

    Health system analysts and assorted other parties have been forecasting a primary care physician shortage for quite some time. An article published recently in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons predicts two additional shortfalls that could affect patient access to care: nurse practitioners and physician ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on July 28, 2011
  • JAMA Commentary Frowns on PA Doctorates

    A provocative commentary by Bettie Coplan, MPAS, PA-C, and James E. Meyer, MD, both on the faculty of the Midwestern University PA program in Glendale, Ariz., was published in the June 22/29 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Under the headline, ''Physician Assistants — One Less Doctor(ate) in the House,'' the article lays ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on June 29, 2011
  • In Memoriam: PA Ron Nelson, Educator, Clinician, Leader

    Pioneering PA Ron L. Nelson died Saturday at 58 in Fremont, Mich. Here's the obituary from the Grand Rapids Press. Ron had a keen interest in advancing rural healthcare, having co-founded and served as first president of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics. He also served two terms as AAPA president and was appointed by President ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on June 14, 2011
  • Observations From a First-Time AAPA Attendee

    I am a first-time AAPA attendee, and as a journalist it hasbeen my job to sponge up the experience and atmosphere as well as the excitement of the physician assistants in attendance so that I can share it with you. I’ve met groups of anxious PA students traveling together, educators sharing the experience with their students, long-time PAs ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on June 1, 2011
  • AAPA Names CEO Search Committee Members

    In the wake of Bill Leinweber’s sudden and unexpected resignation on Jan. 18 as executive vice president and chief executive officer, the American Academy of Physician Assistants has begun the search for a permanent replacement by naming the members of its ad hoc search committee. They are: • Chairman: Lawrence M. Herman, MPA, RPA-C, DFAAPA ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on February 22, 2011
  • BREAKING NEWS: AAPA Names James Potter Interim CEO

    BREAKING NEWS: The AAPA this morning said it has named James Potter as interim executive vice president and chief executive officer. Potter replaces Bill Leinweber, who resigned suddenly as EVP/CEO last week. We'll bring you more information as it becomes available. From president Patrick Killeen's note to the AAPA Board and other ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on January 26, 2011
  • BREAKING NEWS: Leinweber Resigns as AAPA CEO

    [UPDATE: Late Thursday, AAPA's Howard Glassroth pointed out to me in an e-mail that the letter I originally posted below, which had been posted publicly Wednesday evening on at least one online PA bulletin board and reposted by a number of AAPA constituent chapters on Twitter and Facebook, ''was an early draft ... not the one sent by ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on January 20, 2011
  • Differing Takes on PA Salaries

    An online article dated Aug. 31 in Becker's Hospital Review offered “8 Statistics About Physician Assistant Compensation.” The stats are from May 2009 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The American Academy of Physician Assistants, as part of its Physician Assistant Census, each year collects salary information from PAs, some ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on September 1, 2010
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