By Athena Abdullah
With only two months until the presidential election, the campaign rhetoric is ramping up. The Republican National convention is now over, having narrowly dodged a hit from tropical storm Isaac. In a long-anticipated address, candidate Mitt Romney officially accepted the GOPís presidential nomination. Next up is the Democratic National Convention, to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4−6. President Obama will accept his partyís nomination for a second term in a speech Thursday evening, September 6. With television coverage of these events not as ubiquitous as it used to be, the two parties used social media and their websites to connect with the party faithful. More >
Full Slate of Candidates for Board of Directors Election
A number of members have declared their candidacy for the 2013 PAEA Board of Directors. Four positions are open on the Board ó president elect, secretary/ treasurer, and two at large seats. Current board members Karen Hills and Theresa Horvath are running for president elect. Secretary/treasurer Bill Kohlhepp is seeking a second term in that position, and four candidates are vying to fill two at large seats. Learn more about these candidates.
Board/Committee Chair Retreat Brings New Ways of Thinking for PAEA
By Jeanette Smith
Thirty PAEA board members, committee chairs, and staff came together August 9 and 10 in Hood River, Oregon, for the fourth annual combined board/chair retreat. Earlier that week, the board met separately in retreat mode and finished with a formal meeting. Both groups tackled new topics and considered fresh directions for the Association. Past President Ted Ruback joined up with the board during an afternoon excursion in the Columbia River gorge. More >
Be Part of the Holistic Review Admissions Project
To address the challenges affecting minority enrollment in PA programs, PAEA has initiated a pilot project using a holistic admissions review process initially developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in 2007. In coordination with Dr. Juan Gilbert, creator of the admissions software program Applications Quest, PAEA invited four member programs to participate in the inaugural round of the project: University of Southern California, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, University of South Alabama, and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Now it is looking for additional participants. More >
Editorial Positions Available for PAEA Journal
PAEAís peer-reviewed publication, The Journal of Physician Assistant Education (JPAE), is inviting applications for two member positions on its editorial advisory board as well as for an academic law feature editor. JPAE is dedicated to advancing PA education by publishing scholarly manuscripts germane to PA educators and providing a forum for the sharing of ideas and innovations to enhance PA education. Applications will be accepted until Monday, October 1st. Find out more about the feature editor position or editorial advisory board openings.
Committee Calls Extended: The Best Way to Get Involved
It's not that often in life that you get a second chance, so be sure to take advantage of this one! You'll be surprised by the numerous benefits that volunteering offers you. Three committees need additional members for terms beginning January 2013: Awards Committee, Leadership Development and Recruitment Committee, and PACKRAT. But don't delay. The application deadline is Monday, October 1st. For more information, visit the webpage.
Have You Heard Whatís Happening at the 2012 Education Forum?
More than 500 PA educators and others interested in PA education have already registered for the 2012 PAEA Annual Education Forum. This could be a record-breaking attendance year! Before making travel plans, please take time to review the activities and offerings during the conference in Seattle. More >
From the Clinic to the Community
Project Access is an outreach program designed to inspire and motivate underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students to consider a career as a physician assistant (PA), but it canít be successful without your help. Please join us November 7−9th in Seattle as part of PAEAís Annual Education Forum. We will be visiting local schools and speaking to students, encouraging them to consider a rewarding career as a PA. If you would like to learn more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Shana Johnson at sjohnson@PAEAonline.org or call her at (703) 548-5538, ext. 314.
PAEA Joins AAMC in Amicus Brief for High-Profile Case
PAEA, along with several other organizations, has joined the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. In this case, the Court is being asked to revisit the issue of race being used as a factor in college undergraduate admissions. More >
PAEA Growing by Leaps and Bounds
Over the past month, two new staff members have come on board at PAEA's offices in Virginia, as part of the Association's ongoing effort to better serve its membership. Please join us in welcoming Renee and Todd. More >
Be Connected: Sign Up Now for a PAEA Listserv
Did you know that PAEA members have sent over 300 messages so far this year through PAEA listservs? These listservs can be one of the fastest and easiest ways to get information and answers to your questions or to have a conversation with your colleagues about basically anything related to PA education. Currently, PAEA has 19 listservs available to serve all PAEA members. More >
Reach Your Target Audience ó Exhibit at the Forum
Exhibiting at PAEA's Education Forum is the perfect opportunity for companies to connect with PA educators. A limited number of exhibit spaces are still available for the 2012 Forum in Seattle, but they won't last long. See the exhibitor prospectus here. For additional information and to secure your spot, contact Sheryl Vermont at svermont@PAEAonline.org.
Moves and Milestones
A prestigious award for Randy Danielsen and a promotion for PAEA President Tony Brenneman. Read more >
Visit Us on Facebook!
More than 1,000 people now "like" our PA Focus Facebook page geared toward PA students, applicants, and pre-applicants. Check it out and see what there is to like ó and please tell your students to do the same!
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AAMC Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar September 7-10
PAs in Orthopedic Surgery Scholarship Applications due October 8
2012 Annual Education Forum: Online Registration
October 1st: Applications due for Holistic Review Admissions Project