PAEA Education Sessions at the 2017 AAPA Conference

The AAPA Conference will be held on May 15-19 in Las Vegas, NV.

Tuesday, May 16

All PAEA sessions will be at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, Level 2 in Reef BCEF.

The PA Workforce: Growth and Directions in Education and Practice

8:00 am
Presented by Christine Everett, PhD, MPH, PA-C, and Perri Morgan, PhD, PA-C

This session will review major trends affecting the PA profession and its pipeline during the last 25 years. An overview of the profession’s growth, demographics, and training programs will provide the basis for further discussion of current education and practice issues. Although the PA profession was initially focused on primary care provision, less than one-third of PAs currently practice in primary care. We will summarize influences on the distribution of PAs across specialties. The number of PA programs and the number and types of practicing PAs are impacted by many factors, including funding streams, market demand, supply of other health professionals, and the regulatory environment.

Filling the Gaps: Factors That Predict PA Students’ Interest in Practicing
in Medically Underserved Areas

8:30 am
Presented by Donovan Lessard, MA, and Xin Yuen, MA

PAs are uniquely situated to fill gaps in access to quality health care in medically underserved areas (MUAs). This study identifies factors that longitudinally predict PA students’ interest in practicing in MUAs, which is critical to efforts to combat health disparities in these communities.

Making the Transition from Clinician to Academia

9:00 am
Presented by Sarah Bolander, PA-C, and Kirsten Bonnin, MMS, PA-C

Many new PA educators lack formal training and find acclimating to academia a substantial challenge. Those considering a new role in education and PAs who are new faculty share common concerns about this process. In light of the anticipated growth of new PA programs, this session will provide insight into the current issues and offer guidance about the transition from clinical practice to academia.

How to Think Like We Think: A Clinical Reasoning Guide for Students and Preceptors

10:00 am
Presented by Pat Kenney-Moore, EdD, PA-C

Diagnostic reasoning is the process by which a practitioner collects information, evaluates data, and formulates a hypothesis to explain the patient’s medical problem. This process is seldom overtly taught, and the assumption is that new PAs will develop this skill naturally. This session will describe the way in which clinical reasoning develops as well as provide hints on how to facilitate it from a student’s or a preceptor’s perspective.

Providing Meaningful, Efficient, and Timely Feedback to PA Students

11:00 am
Presented by Nicholas M. Hudak, MPA, MSEd, PA-C, Olivia Ziegler, MS, PA

This presentation is for the clinically active PA interested in developing his or her skills as a clinical preceptor. This interactive session covers key principles for providing effective feedback to students across a variety of patient care settings, with reference to both principles of adult learning theory and evidence-based feedback strategies. Facilitators will share their personal experiences and teach participants to develop strategies for providing feedback in terms that are both meaningful for students and time-saving for preceptors. The presentation will also engage participants in practice using standardized students for role play and determining at least one strategy to take back to their own practice.

PAEA’s Student Social Hour

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Mandalay Bay South Convention Center, level 2, Surf EF

Join PAEA for refreshments and an hour of networking. This session will allow you to connect with PA educators and members of PAEA’s Student Advisory Task Force. Come and have a snack and start making important connections and learn how to get involved in PAEA student initiatives to start paving your pathway to PA education.

Project Access Kick-Off Meeting

5:00 pm
Presented by Ashley Smith

This presentation is for the clinically active PA interested in developing his or her skills as a clinical preceptor. This interactive session covers key principles for providing effective feedback to students across a variety of patient care settings, with reference to both principles of adult learning theory and evidence-based feedback strategies. Facilitators will share their personal experiences and teach participants to develop strategies for providing feedback in terms that are both meaningful for students and time-saving for preceptors. The presentation will also engage participants in practice using standardized students for role play and determining at least one strategy to take back to their own practice.

Wednesday, May 17: PAEA SPARK Sessions

Session locations to be determined.

You Do What? Transforming Physician Assistant Leadership

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Moderated by: Emily Fenton, PA-C, PAEA Future Educator Development Council
Speakers: Laurie Benton, PA – C, director of advanced practice professionals, Baylor Scott and White; Richard Bottner, PA-C, preceptor of hospital internal medicine; Cody Sasek, MPAS, PA-C, ATC, assistant professor, University of Missouri Kansas City PA Program; Olivia Ziegler, MS, PA, chief assessment officer, PAEA
Have you felt the nudge to be a leader? From their roles in education to healthcare administration, many PAs do more than practice medicine. In this interactive panel session, seasoned PAs share how and where their leadership aspirations took them, and highlight opportunities for students to get a head start.

Think Outside the Classroom: Student Leadership Perspectives

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Moderated by: Ryan Hunton, PAEA Future Educator Development Council
Presented by: Matt Mancini, PA-C, former Student Health Policy Fellow; Mike Cheeseman, former Future Educator Fellow; John Ramos, MHS, PA-C, Student Member at Large, PAEA; Jennifer Palermo, PA-C, associate program director, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences; Jennifer Feirstein, MSPAS, PA-C, assistant Professor and clinical coordinator, A.T. Still University; Stephanie Neary, PA- C, PAEA Future Educator Development Council.

If you’ve ever wondered how PA students get involved in national PA organizations, then you can’t miss this session. Two recent PA graduates take you on their journey of leadership training through PAEA. Come take a peek behind the curtain, and learn how to apply to PAEA’s exclusive student fellowships.