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This page contains the events from IMPACT 2012 which was held in Toronto this past May. Check back here for updates about IMPACT 2013.
Last year’s annual conference marked a historic high point of both the breadth and quality in the research department’s offerings of research-related sessions. We’re happy to announce that we built upon that foundation for IMPACT 2012 and offered even more and better sessions this past May. Click on each event for more details.
Monday, May 28, 2012; 8 a.m.-noon
In today’s fast moving healthcare system, PAs need to be equipped with the research skills of physicians. Taught by four leading PA professors, this interactive session provided PAs and PA students with a step-by-step introduction to the process of performing research. It demonstrated how to develop a researchable question, and describe the various research methodologies that could be used to investigate it.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012; 7:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
This annual forum was a platform for PA researchers and policymakers to have both general and area-specific discussions on PA-focused workforce research. Agenda items included summarizing the progress and accomplishments made since the PA Research Agenda was established in 2011, discussing new research findings and topics under development, and identifying gaps in knowledge that need to be addressed going forward. The forum also provided an opportunity for researchers and policymakers to network and exchange research ideas, data, methods and findings. Raymond Fang, AAPA vice president for research hosted the forum and organizers included leaders such as PAs Jim Cawley, Rod Hooker, Alison Essary, Perri Morgan, Josanne Pagel and Richard Dehn.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
717 AB, Metro Toronto Convention Center
This event showcased the best in PA-focused research from the past year. Presentations of these peer-reviewed articles were organized into three broad categories, but touched upon the wide variety of interests now pursued by scholars providing the highest quality evidence about PAs and the PA profession. The categories and specific topics were as follows:
PA Value & Roles Session (9:40 a.m.-11:40)
All are CME Sessions
Wednesday, May 30 from 4:15 p.m.-5 p.m.
Every year AAPA conducts its PA census survey, which we use to produce our popular Salary Report. What else do we do with the data, and how do we use it to make sure PAs’ voices are heard by legislators and policy makers all across the United States? A dialogue with Raymond Fang was held to find out. He was accompanied by one of the most respected leaders in PA research who has used the census in their work, as well as members of AAPA’s staff from the communication and advocacy departments. Examples of AAPA’s own groundbreaking research and research agenda were on display as well.
AAPA is happy to announce the creation of the PARA, our attempt to provide a permanent platform to support the coordinated, high-quality, original research necessary to advance the PA profession. In April 2011, AAPA developed its first-ever PA research agenda identifying four main areas of research: PA workforce, PA value, PA roles and PA education. Within PARA, four research groups have been formed to address these major areas of interest.
PARA membership is open to all researchers and policymakers who share common interests in PA-focused research. Participants can join any group or multiple groups. To sign up, please contact Jonathan Tony, AAPA Project Assistant. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) has established a Volunteer Research Assistant Program (VRAP) to expose graduate students to healthcare research, and to familiarize them with the opportunities that exist for careers in healthcare research. Volunteer researchers will:
How to Apply:
The VRAP is an ongoing opportunity, so there is no deadline to apply. The program lasts a minimum of twelve weeks. To apply, please send your resume and two references (with contact information) to Lynn Schoenfelder at email@example.com. In the resume, please list all courses related to data analysis and research methods and any previous work experience in a research environment. Please note that only candidates who are selected for interview will be contacted.
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