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CORE 2009

CORE 2009Constituent Organization Resource Exchange - Strengthening the Knowledge Base for Leadership. February 21 - 22, 2009. Plan now to attend AAPA's premier PA event for organizational management and leadership development for 2009.

Calling All PAs

Health Literacy Project
Participate in a local reading program and apply now for an AAPA grant to distribute books to children.

All PAs and PA students are encouraged to seek ways to enhance the delivery of quality medical care in their local communities. One way is by becoming involved in national efforts like the Divided We Fail campaign. Learn more about it and other national campaigns.

Help a PA student affected by hurricane Ike – give to the UTMB Hurricane Recovery Fund

AAPA's Legislative Action Center
Learn about the latest issues of importance to you and your patients, and add your voice to the public debate.

Your Vote2009 Board of Directors General Election Candidates Announced

The AAPA Elections Committee is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2009 General Election for AAPA Board of Directors. On April 1, 2009 all AAPA fellow members who have paid their dues as of March 1 will be instructed how to vote electronically. Voting is an exclusive fellow member benefit. Your vote is your voice. Congratulations to all of the 2009 candidates.


Continue to visit PAs for a Healthy America to stay connected to critical information on ongoing election outcomes, pending appointments and the future of health care reform.

Keep up with what's happening in Washington. Read advocacy news from AAPA in The Latest Word, posted weekly.

PAs for a Healthy America


A letter to the Presidential Transition Office

The Academy has sent a letter to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Office offering its support in addressing the significant health care issues and challenges facing the country. In it, President Cindy Lord and CEO Bill Leinweber state the principles of AAPA's reform agenda. You can read the letter by clicking here.



Two new CME Courses with Optional Workshops from AAPA March 26-29, 2009!

Learn the latest diagnostic and treatment strategies for common orthopeaedic and/or dermatological conditions by attending two exciting Category I CME courses and workshops at the OMNI Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. A PAs Guide to the Musculoskeletal Galaxy (Jointly sponsored by the AAOS) March 26-28, 2009 and Dermatologic Dilemmas for the Primary Care, Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine PA, March 28-29, 2009. Participate in one or both of these exciting courses for a total of 26 hours of Category I CME credit!

Agendas, registration, and lodging information. Be sure to make your hotel reservations by March 3, 2009 to receive the special discounted rate!



Continuity of Care at Risk in Failing Economy

In what has become a crippling economic situation, many Americans are saving money by foregoing medical care. A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation said that nearly half of those polled reported that someone in their family has cut back spending on prescription medicine or delayed or skipped needed medical care based on how much it would cost. PAs tells AAPA how the recession is affecting patient access to health care. To read more, click here.

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Annual Conference

AAPA's 37th Annual Physician Assistant Conference

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AAPA Member Dues Increase

AAPA Member Dues Increase: What YOU Need to Know