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AAPA 2022 – Choosing to Go Over and above

June 10, 2022

By Capt. Christina S. Petersen, Maj. Adhana McCarthy, and LtCol. Amelia M. Duran-Stanton

A accumulating of Military PAs soon after the Basic Session party.

“How are you accomplishing?” was the query that Emmy Award-successful journalist Jane Pauley asked the viewers all through her job interview with the Simone Biles, the “G.O.A.T.” Olympic winner, on the to start with night of AAPA 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. How quite a few situations have we uncovered ourselves answering, “okay, wonderful, or fine,” but genuinely, we weren’t? “It’s ok to not be ok,” Biles informed us. Talking about psychological overall health in an open up and direct way with the aid of these two powerhouses – immediately after the previous two several years absent through the COVID-19 pandemic – was the target of AAPA’s once-a-year convention on May well 21-25, 2022.

For Army PAs, this focus could not have appear at a greater time. With all the changes in the past two years, specially with COVID-19 and our professional title transform (to Health practitioner Associates), we have been still left questioning: Exactly where we go from listed here? Our new AAPA campaign, #PAsGoBeyond, could not have a extra inspiring purpose model than Hayley Arceneaux, PA-C. The 1st PA, cancer survivor, and youngest American in area, Arceneaux was an astronaut with the SpaceX Inspiration 4 mission, serving as their Main Medical Officer. There seriously is no limit to what we can carry out as a job, as folks, or as caregivers in an at any time-altering entire world.

Three Army PAs
From still left to right, LtCol. Sharon Denson, Capt. Ron Duke, and Col. James Jones at the AMEDD Recruiting Station of the Show Hall.

Recruiting Initiatives
Military PAs spoke to conference attendees interested in joining the military and collected info on individuals who requested observe up with a recruiter. The Army PA attendees shared their personalized activities of being a navy provider in various medical and austere configurations about the entire world. They also discussed the numerous medical and operational schooling chances supplied to military services PAs doing the job in all options to make improvements to affected person treatment and outcomes. Capt. Ron Duke, PA-C, Officer-in-Demand of the Louisville Army Health-related Recruiting Station (9C2L), was on site at the Exhibit Hall doing the job tricky to recruit the ideal healthcare pros for the potential of Military medication.

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Award recipients on stage
AAPA 2022 Armed service Support Award recipient Col. Amy L. Jackson (next from left) on phase with her fellow award recipients and President Orozco.

2022 AAPA Navy Assistance PA of the Calendar year Award
Col. Amy L. Jackson, the Commander of the Keller Military Community Medical center at West Level, NY was chosen as the AAPA 2022 Army Provider Award recipient. This will be the sixth yr in a row that an Army PA was chosen for the award. “I want to thank AAPA for recognizing the contributions of the Armed Forces in the PA job,” Col. Jackson mentioned. “I am confident military PAs will carry on to increase our impact in international health care. I am honored to stand for Military PAs for this sort of a prestigious award.”

Memorial Ceremony
This year’s Veterans Caucus Memorial Ceremony highlighted the personalized psychological health and fitness journey of a sister and caregiver of a Wounded Warrior. Ms. Jennifer Jenkins, from the Wounded Warriors Project, shared her expertise caring for her brother as his lawful guardian and sudden caregiver soon after he was injured whilst deployed to Iraq in the U.S. Army. She shared her psychological overall health journey and how doing the job with the Wounded Warriors Challenge assisted her obtain intent and pleasure yet again. Military services PAs represented their expert services in the shade guard for the ceremony and all over the meeting, together with Maj. Adrian Donias who represented Military PAs.

Military PAs from all uniformed services.
The Uniformed Providers Symposium held a military govt leadership panel facilitated by Col. Amy Jackson and LtCol. Amelia Duran-Stanton that represented each service. From left to appropriate are LtCol. Amelia M. Duran-Stanton (United states), LtCdr. Ian Marks (USCG), Cdr. Katherine Demers (USPHS), Col. Melanie “MJ” Ellis (USAF), Col. Amy Jackson (Usa), LtCdr. Michael Evans (USN), and Col. Robert S. Heath (United states).

Displays at Normal Sessions and the Uniformed Products and services Symposium
Find Army PAs were being also podium presenters this 12 months for numerous lectures. On behalf of the presenting authors, they acknowledged all contributors for their collaboration and assistance.

Common Session: Demystifying Acute Coronary Syndromes, offered by Col. James Jones

Typical Session: Global PAs and PA Comparables: Latest and Potential Initiatives, presented by Mary Showstark (Yale On the net PA Software faculty) and LtCol. Amelia M. Duran-Stanton

USS: Gender Incongruence: What Navy PAs Need to Know About Present Insurance policies and Treatments, introduced by Col. Amy L. Jackson and LtCol. Amelia M. Duran-Stanton

USS: Occupation Management Workshop: Principles Learned and Shared from Military Services to Aid Early Occupation PAs and Further than, introduced by LtCol. Amelia M. Duran-Stanton and Col. Amy L. Jackson

USS: Management Panel: Planning for Executive Management: Classes Realized and Guidelines for Accomplishment, introduced by Col. Amy L. Jackson and LtCol. Amelia Duran-Stanton (United states of america) and panel associates: Col. Melanie “MJ” Ellis (USAF)  Col. Robert S. Heath (Usa), Cdr. Katherine Demers (USPHS), LtCdr. Michael Evans (USN), and LtCdr. Ian Marks (USCG)

USS: Creating a Wellness System for Navy Deployment Cycles: Improving upon Army Readiness by Concentrating on Our men and women, introduced by LtCol. Amelia M. Duran-Stanton and Ms. Mary Showstark

Residence of Delegates
The Culture of Army PAs (SAPA) is a civilian firm that advocates for Army PAs. SAPA listens to concerns and functions on behalf of their customers as a result of their Board of Administrators and in the AAPA Property of Delegates (HOD). PA Bob Potter, Executive Director of SAPA, and LtCol. (P) Sharon Rosser, SAPA President, represented Military PAs in the multi-working day HOD meetings at AAPA 2022. At the assembly, around 50 resolutions have been coated, such as the professionals and disadvantages of master’s degrees as the terminal PA diploma, pinpointing and cultivating core leadership abilities for PAs, and the purpose of EMS PAs in pre-healthcare facility care.

Borden Institute was at the Exhibit Hall to showcase a number of guides, including The Military Medical doctor Assistant Handbook, Next Edition. Pictured from still left to ideal are Mr. Ernest Barner (Borden Institute General public Affairs Officer), LtCol. Amelia M. Duran-Stanton (senior co-editor/writer), Col. Amy L. Jackson (senior co-editor/writer), and Maj. Adrian Donias (SAPA Energetic Obligation Director).

AAPA 2022 was a much-desired reunion and an prospect to confront the stigma of mental health and fitness and refocus on how to “Go Beyond” as PAs. It supplied us with a spot to allow our army PAs to share about our exclusive roles within the occupation, broaden our comprehension of how we are all connected, and help just about every other in our bodily and mental well being journeys. Pretty much, the sky is no for a longer period the limit. This 12 months brought much more of our colleagues jointly than in a long time past. We are all looking in the direction of AAPA 2023 in Nashville!

Capt. Christina Petersen is a PA serving as the Commander of the 919th Ground Ambulance Company (USAR) in Aurora, Colorado and as a Federal Supervisory Medical professional Assistant in the Occupational Wellness Clinic at Carl R. Darnall Army Health-related Heart in Ft. Hood, Texas.

AAPA President Jennifer M. Orozco, Capt. Kelly Guerra, and Capt. Christina S. Petersen (left to appropriate) having fun with the Show Corridor.

Maj. Adhana McCarthy is a PA serving as the Director of Public Wellbeing at Irwin Military Group Clinic, Fort Riley, Kansas.

LtCol. Amelia Duran-Stanton is a PA serving as the Commander of the US Army Wellness Clinic Ansbach in Germany and of the Purpose I assets at MK/NSTA in Romania/Bulgaria. She is also a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA.



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