It has been a busy spring and summer, hope you had time to relax and enjoy the seasons. Fall will be here shortly and that brings our annual conference. I hope you will be joining us in Valley Forge. The venue offers great CME, networking and off course a little fun. The agenda for the conference is outstanding. I am looking forward to seeing you there!
PSPA has been busy with ongoing organizational business, conference activities and elections. I would like to first thank our Leadership committee, Karen Sweeney and Tracy Wright for developing a first class Leadership Forum in April. This was a well-structured and timely presentation on leadership skills across the generations. We look forward to offering more leadership activities like this to our membership in the future.
This past May your elected delegates to the AAPA House of Delegates represented our state and members in the annual meeting held in conjunction with the AAPA annual conference. I would like to thank Dee Soltes, chief delegate and the team of delegates – Kelly Donkers, Rob Emery, Lane Bower, Tracy Wright, Jen Romagnoli, Jacqi Kernaghan, Gerry Grega and Bill Reynolds for a job well done. Your dedication to the policies and issues our profession faces and your time and effort in hearing testimony and building resolutions is well appreciated.
I would like to introduce you to our president-elect, Gerry Grega. Gerry comes to us with outstanding experiences in leadership roles and I am confident will continue to keep PSPA on track! We are also happy to have Tracie George and Brenden Greenaway join us as student directors at large. Returning to our Board of Directors is Jacqi Kernaghan, Jennifer Majewski and Pam Minardi. Thank you to Linda Bizzak for stepping to serve a one year appointment. Also thank you to our outgoing student directors at large, Heidi Hashage and Samantha Singer, we appreciate your time and service to the Board, wish you continued success and hope to have you join us as after you graduate.
We are so blessed to have a great group of volunteers to guide our organization, hope you will consider joining us. See you in Valley Forge!
Cathy Gillespie, DHSc, PA-C
A Past President's Message from Robert Emery, PA-C
Medicine is comprised of many acronyms or mnemonics. And the physician assistant profession is no different. They can be found all over the profession. Some refer to it as ‘alphabet soup’. Many time these mnemonics or acronyms are created to shorten titles however, often these acronyms are created to help us to remember important information or items. For example, ARDS equals adult respiratory distress syndrome, MUDPILES identifies the items that can cause an anion gap or metabolic acidosis, O NAVEL represents the drugs that can be delivered down the endotracheal tube, CORE is defined as Constituent Organization Resource Exchange, while PSPA is of course known as the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants. These are just a few of literally thousands of acronyms and mnemonics just within the medical profession.
I’d like to offer another one. One that I hope you will also believe embodies all of us as Physician Assistants. GIFT - representing Generosity, Inspiration, Fellowship, and Teach.
Ø Generosity. Defined is the act of giving freely without coercion. We can practice generosity with our patients and colleagues... whether it is our ear, our experiences or our knowledge.
Ø Inspiration. Defined is something that stimulates imagination and goodwill. We can inspire our patients and colleagues by maintaining high standards of practice, and by following the “Golden Rule”.
Ø Fellowship. Defined is an association of people who share common beliefs or activities. We can practice fellowship by supporting our colleagues and our profession through participation. Our participation may be direct, i.e. volunteering on a local, state or national level or indirectly, i.e. becoming a member of one of several physician assistant oriented organizations, locally or nationally.
Ø Teach. Defined is to show the way; to guide. We can teach future PAs through precepting in our offices, clinics or hospitals. And we can teach our patients through education of their diseases or the prevention of diseases.
GIFT – Generosity, Inspiration, Fellowship, Teach. An acronym or mnemonic to remind us of how important being a physician assistant is. Might I add… being a PA is a GIFT?? Or have you given your GIFT as a PA??
Robert W. Emery, PA-C
Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants