President’s Message

October 29, 2017

It has been an exciting month as we have just wrapped up our 42nd Annual CME Conference in Valley Forge.  This newsletter will review the conference and highlight other PSPA activities.  I would like to take a moment to share my highlights of the conference as President.

I have continued my campaign to meet and speak to as many PSPA members as possible during the conference and the year at region meetings.  I had the pleasure of meeting many new PAs and reconnecting with many of you whom I have met in the past.  I set a goal of 100 selfies during the conference to commemorate seeing all of you wonderful PAs. I didn’t take 100 individual photos, but I am pleased that I have over 100 people in selfies with me!  I have included some of them with this article. I would also love to see any photos you took at the conference, so please forward them to me at kkuglerpspa@gmail.com and I will post them on the PSPA website.

In addition to meeting all of you, I also had the pleasure of hosting some VIPs at the Silent Auction and Welcome Party whom I would like to thank for joining us.  At the Silent Auction and Welcome Party there were five VIPs that joined us in celebrating our conference: Dr Ted Christopher and his wife, President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society; Sondra DePalma, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA, AAPA Director Regulatory and Professional Practice; Dr. Marilyn Hiene and her husband, chairperson of the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine; Dr. Joan Grzybowski and her guest and PA co-worker Rushita Patel, PA-C, President Elect of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association; Catherine Connor, PSPA lobbyist; and Carson Walker, JD, AAPA Director Constituent Organization Outreach and Advocacy.  It was a fun night that we all enjoyed together!

On Friday, I again had the pleasure of hosting two VIPs at our General Membership Luncheon: Senator John C Rafferty, who represents the residents of Pennsylvania’s 44th Senatorial District which includes parts of Berks, Chester and Montgomery Counties and Dr. Ted Christopher, President of PAMEDSOC.  Senator Rafferty delivered a wonderful address highlighting our current legislation and his plan to keep it moving through the Senate as it will improve access to care and place the decisions about PA supervision between the PA and the physician.  In addition, Dr. Christopher addressed the membership where he conveyed his and PAMED’s support of our legislation and also shared his vision of medicine and congratulations on the 50th Anniversary of the PA profession.

On the pages of this newsletter, I encourage you to spend time reading about our Host City Charity, the Student Challenge Bowl, the Fun Run, and many more events that were held at the Annual Conference.  I want to personally invite you to the 43rd Annual CME Conference which will be held October 17th through the 20th 2018 at Kalihari Resort and Convention Center in the Poconos.   I look forward to meeting more of the PSPA members over this year and at next year’s Conference, and urge you to reach out to me with any ideas, suggestions, concerns, or just a friendly hello at my email address kkuglerpspa@gmail.com.