Education Forum

The 2017 PAEA Education Forum — Together We Thrive

By Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-CMarch 15, 2017

As you’ve (hopefully) already heard, the call for 2017 PAEA Education Forum session proposals is open! The Conference and Research councils and their team of reviewers are looking forward to reading about all the fantastic projects you’ve been busy with over the past year or so. This will be a special Forum for us — we are marking 50 years since the first PAs graduated, 50 years of our wonderful profession.

Thinking about submitting a proposal, but aren’t sure where to begin? Check out our new webinar for tips on creating a proposal and following through with the submission and review processes. This webinar will be available through April 3, when the call for proposal closes. You can access it at your convenience — day or night! In addition to the webinar, don’t forget to review the submission guidelines before submitting your proposal.

If you have a question that wasn’t addressed in the webinar or submission guidelines, we can help! Submit your question to forum@PAEAonline.org and a member of the PAEA staff or Conference Council will follow-up within two business days.

Once you’ve had a chance to review the submission process, give some thought to what you’d like to share with your colleagues at the Forum. If you’re short on ideas, seek the guidance and advice of a more experienced colleague or reach out to the mentors and friends you made at the 2016 Forum — remember your connections! Not only will this enhance the quality of your submission, but it’s also a great way to reestablish and invigorate those very important networks.

Let our 50th anniversary inspire you as well! At the Forum, we will be celebrating our past and looking forward to an even brighter future. We will have a chance to remember the trailblazing work of all the PAs who got us to where we are today — from the former military corpsmen who became the first PAs, to those who have been the only provider for patients in remote places, to the thousands of PAs in every specialty and setting around the country.

And of course, above all, we will celebrate PA educators — the gatekeepers to our profession. PA education has always been about innovation, and about continually looking for ways to do things better and new ways to adapt to changes in health care.

Change is in the air, especially in health care, and the Forum provides us a unique opportunity to discuss, debate, share, and investigate new mechanisms for addressing change. How are you using technology in the classroom? How is your curriculum addressing competence? How are you preparing your students for a changing health care environment? How do you help your learners or faculty adjust to change?

Let’s celebrate our past and explore how we can continue to thrive in the future. You have until 3 p.m. ET on April 3 to submit a proposal. We’re looking forward to reviewing lots of submissions, but most of all, we’re looking forward to seeing you in Denver!

 

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Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Cathy is the associate program director and director of Didactic Education for the Rocky Vista University PA program in Colorado. She currently serves as chair of the PAEA Conference Council.