NAPA Members and the Navy PA Community: Due to a lack of command funding across the Navy for Navy PAs to attend the 2019 AAPA Annual Conference in Denver from May 18-22, NAPA will NOT to hold it’s annual NAPA meeting there this year, but will still hold a Navy PA and NAPA member social gathering during the AAPA Conference on May 21st at 18:00, please see event details and RSVP here.

The annual NAPA meeting will be moved to Portsmouth, VA this year to be held in conjunction with the NAPA East Symposium on October 16-17, 2019. An estimated 30 or more PAs will be in attendance. For those who cannot attend or are on the west coast we plan to broadcast the symposium via NAPA Facebook live video for all to tune in.  The date and time is still to be determined. Please stay tuned for specifics, once finalized we will be emailing our members, as well as posting for all to see on our NAPA website and NAPA Facebook page. Thank you. 

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Jun
12

Election and Awards Results from 2018 AAPA Conference

Election Results and Awards From the 2018 NAPA Breakout Meeting at the AAPA Conference Presented by LCDR Stephen Rogers NAPA President   This is the text of a presentation given at the NAPA Breakout Meeting at the 2018 AAPA Impact Conference in New Orleans, LA. NAPA members may log in and  view the presentation slides here .   Election Results and NAPA Awards from 2018 AAPA Conference   NAPA BOD Elections   Thank you to all who have participated in NAPA's recent votes. Your efforts have lead to a successful NAPA Chapter Board of Directors election. We are excited to announce 2018 Election Results for NAPA Chapter BOD Officers. Our newly elected BOD Officers are:   President-Elect - LT Benjamin Mattox Naval Medical Center Portsmouth   Vice-President - LT Jason Ehrhart MCRD San Diego   Treasurer - LT Eddie Linares CVN 78 Ford   Secretary - Lt Carolan Whitney CVN 69...
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May
10

NAPA Meeting at 2018 AAPA Conference

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NAPA Dinner and Meeting 2018 AAPA Conference New Orleans, LA Sunday, 20 May 2018 at 1800   Please join us for the NAPA dinner and meeting at the 2018 AAPA Conference Ladies & Gentlemen, We take great pleasure in announcing this year’s Naval Association of Physician Assistants (NAPA) meeting will take place on Sunday, 20 May 2018 at 1800 as a dinner/business meeting. We’re doing something a little bit different by combine two events in one and allowing for full access to all the CMEs during the day (many requested last year). We will go over NAPA business and present our annual awards; not to mention some great comradery & networking. Location: Pigeon & Prince, 129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (3rd floor) ph 504 .553.6738 This is just south of the conference center, here's a link to a map with walking directions . Time: Hors d’Oeuvres severed at 1800...
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May
06

New FB page for Marines interested in PA school

A quick note, one of our Navy PA colleagues has set up a Facebook page for Marines interested in becoming PAs through the military's Interservice PA Program (IPAP). Per our Student Information and PA Programs page , the IPAP is a PA school for active duty US military members. You may find the Facebook group here: Marines of IPAP Semper Fi, NAPA Webmaster
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Dec
22

CMEs available for NAPA Members

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NAPA members can now earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit hours online on the NAPA website. This is the first time we are offering this benefit to our members and we are pleased to be able to support the Navy's PAs by helping them obtain the CMEs required for certification maintenance.   6.75 total hours of AAPA approved category 1 CME are offered for calendar year 2018. To earn credit, NAPA members should log in and click the CME option on the "Members" menu. From there, the available CMEs are listed. Each has a recorded lecture from the 2017 NAPA East Coast Symposium, which should be viewed and then the check-on-learning questions answered. A CME Certificate will be provided for each lecture they successfully complete with a greater than 80% score. The recipient may then log these with NCCPA as usual for CMEs.  
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Sep
27

50 Years of PAs Serving Americans

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PAs have been providing valuable service in American Healthcare for the past 50 years. PAs are nationally certified and state licensed medical providers trained to diagnose and treat patients as well as prescribe medication. Thanks to an education modeled on the medical school curriculum, PAs learn to make life-saving diagnostic and therapeutic decisions while working autonomously or in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team. PAs are certified as medical generalists with a foundation in primary care.     America Needs PAs PAs are trusted healthcare providers. Studies have shown that PAs help reduce hospital readmission rates, lengths of stay and infection rates. Today, there are more than 115,500 certified PAs in the United States   Click here to download a brochure about PAs in American Healthcare from the American Academy of PAs
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Sep
27

Celebrate PA Week October 6-12

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October 6-12 is national PA Week This week is an opportunity to celebrate the PA profession which was begun 50 years ago, on 6 October 1967, with the first three graduates of Duke University's PA program. Since that time, the profession has grown significantly: There are now more than 115,000 practicing PAs in the US alone, and the profession is expanding to other countries. PAs practice and prescribe in all 50 states. There are now more than 220 PA programs educating future PAs.   WHAT IS A PA? PAs are nationally certified and state licensed medical providers trained to diagnose and treat patients as well as prescribe medication. Thanks to an education modeled on the medical school curriculum, PAs learn to make life-saving diagnostic and therapeutic decisions while working autonomously or in collaboration with other members of the healthcare team. PAs are certified as medical generalists with a foundation in primary...
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Aug
07

Navy Specialty Spotlight: Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant Subspecialty Code = 1893 Billets: Primary - 284; Secondary - About 115 “Mob To” platforms End Strength = 304 Billets types: USMC: 68 Joint Forces: 2 MTF: 170 (includes 21 Ortho and 07 EMED) Operational: 45 (includes 25 SPECWAR, 11 Sea, 9 APA)     Specialty Spotlight: Physician Assistant by CDR Ed Owens and LCDR Clifton Butler The Navy has provided the backbone of the Physician Assistant (PA) profession since its inception in 1967. This year, the PA profession celebrates 50 years of existence and will officially celebrate the birth of the profession on 6 October 2017. While the PA profession officially marks 50 years, Navy PAs have an equally impressive history, beginning their presence seven short years later in 1974. Originally appointed as warrant officers, the community was tasked with providing primary care services to Navy and Marine Corps forces. An incorporation of mid-level providers was thus built...
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Jul
17

Medical Service Corps 70th Anniversary

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The Navy Medical Service Corps was created on 4 August 1947 by an  act of the United States Congress. Originally it had four specialist sections: Supply and Administration, Optometry, Allied Sciences, and Pharmacy. Currently, the Navy Medical Service Corps has three sections: Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Sciences, and Clinical Care Providers. Healthcare Administrators comprise approximately 40% of the MSC Healthcare Sciences are subdivided into the following fields of specialty: Aerospace Experimental Psychology Aerospace Physiology Biochemistry Entomology Environmental Health Industrial Hygiene Medical Technology Microbiology Research Physiology Radiation Health Research Psychology Clinical Care Providers are subdivided into the following fields of specialty: Audiology Clinical Psychology Dietitian/Food Management Occupational Therapy Optometry Pharmacy Physical Therapy Physician Assistant Podiatry Social Work The Medical Service Corps is the most diverse Corps in the Navy with over 2,700 highly trained and specialized officers serving in 31 subspecialties.     Following is a reprinted message from the Medical Service Corps...
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Jun
14

2017 Legislative Affairs Update from NAPA Meeting at AAPA

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Legislative Affairs Update From the 2017 NAPA Breakout Meeting at the AAPA Conference Presented by LT Thomas Hurtado NAPA Legislative Affairs Chair and Delegate to AAPA House of Delegates   Full Practice Authority and Responsibility (FPAR): An AAPA joint task force was put together, formerly known as FPAR, and now being proposed as Optimal Team Practice (OTP). Placed before the AAPA House of Delegates in order to advance the PA profession in several key issues: Team-Based Practice Elimination of "Supervisory Agreements" Autonomous State Boards Direct Reimbursements   Earlier this year there was a nationwide survey collating PA responses to the new proposal with an overwhelming positive support.     Federal Advocacy: Additionally, there are several key issues at the federal level that AAPA will address. Most of these revolve around barriers to access in patient care or areas where PAs have traditionally been hindered from practicing medicine at the level accorded...
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Jun
09

Hospital Corpsmen to PAs - A Wasted Talent Pool in a Time of Need

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Editor's note: This article appears in the Journal of Health and Human Experience, Volume III, No. 1, pp 77-99, under the title "Empathy and Dedication: Hospital Corpsmen to Physician Assistants - A Wasted Talent Pool in a Time of Need", by a NAPA member David Lash. It is reproduced here in fulll with the permission of the Journal and the Author. You may download a PDF version with retains the original article layout here .   Empathy and Dedication: Hospital Corpsmen to Physician Assistants - A Wasted Talent Pool in a Time of Need   David Lash, MPAS Physician Assistant Veterans Health Administration Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center   Author Note This article provides an important insight into the critical role of physician assistants for American health care. The article makes use of a creative combination of academic reflections combined with historical experiences (see below “newscasts”) from the lives of...
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