July 2007
PAEA Networker

Register for the 2007 PAEA Annual Education Forum

Members may now access all the necessary registration forms on the PAEA Web site to make plans to attend the PAEA Annual Education Forum in Tucson, Arizona, October 24–28. An exciting array of events has been planned that promise something to interest everyone. Registration packets containing this information were also sent to all members in early July.

The educational sessions are now being selected by the Education Committee and the Faculty Development and Research Institutes; the selected sessions will be announced in August. These groups have a large number of proposals to choose from, and two new formats this year — the Spotlight Presentation and the Expert Panel Presentation — promise to add further depth and variety to the educational content of the meeting. In addition to many informative educational sessions, attendees may register for any of three add-on workshops:

  • The Basic Skills Faculty Development Workshop
  • The Program Director Skills Development Workshop
  • The Deans and Administrators Workshop (Registrants who are not faculty or staff at PA programs may choose the option of attending the entire forum, as well as membership as PAEA individual colleagues, at reduced rates. Please see the conference registration form.)

Also new this year, a two-hour workshop on test item writing will be presented at no cost to attendees by the PAEA PACKRAT Workgroup. This two-hour event requires preregistration, but no registration fee, and is open to the first 45 people who sign up. Please indicate this option on the conference registration form.

Two exciting plenary sessions will provide stimulating discussion of the future of medicine and the role of PAs in it. Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m., Dr. Dick Krugman, dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and chair of the AAMC Executive Committee, will deliver the keynote address: “Physician Assistant Education: Are You the Leading or the Bleeding Edge of the Future of Medicine?” And on Saturday afternoon, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute,  will speak on the future of genomics in medicine and the pivotal role he envisions for PAs in his talk: “Physician Assistants and Personalized Medicine.”

Members should plan to arrive in time for the opening Welcome Reception, scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, at 6:00 p.m. Reggie Carter, director of the Society for the Preservation of PA History, will make some remarks commemorating the 40th anniversary of PA education, and the outdoor reception on the pool deck will kick off the meeting in style.

With celebrations of our past and insightful glimpses into our future, the 2007 PAEA Education Forum promises to be a memorable meeting. We look forward to seeing you in Tucson!