Leadership and Advocacy Summit

We were thrilled to welcome 131 PAs representing 46 different organizations to Arlington, Va., Feb. 27 – March 1, for Leadership and Advocacy Summit 2014!

This unique event gives current and emerging PA leaders the knowledge and skills to guide the future of the profession.  

2014 summit recap

Participants received a full day of advocacy training that gave them the tools to speak confidently on federal initiatives. They then headed up to Capitol Hill, where 188 of them attended 122 congressional meetings. They made their voice heard and enjoyed a memorable legislative experience!

The summit also featured specialized education sessions focused on individual PA leadership and organizational development competencies. These were presented with constituent organization leaders and PA healthcare leaders in mind.

Some of the most popular topics were:  

  • Seizing the Leadership Moment: How to Engage Your Constituent Organization (State and Specialty) in Fulfilling Certification Maintenance Requirements
  • What We Say and How We Say It:  Positioning PAs Through Language
  • Avengers Assemble! Creating The Superhero Advocacy Alliance
  • PAs Practicing in Hospitals:  Rules, Regulations, and Realities
  • Trends, Predictions, and Predicaments:  PAs in the U.S. Health Workforce
  • What Do Accountable Care Organizations and Patient Centered Medical Homes Have to Do with PAs? Everything!

View full conference program.

Additionally, Lisa Robin, chief advocacy officer for the Federation of State Medical Boards, spoke at the general session, "Evolving Telemedicine Standards:  Protecting Patients and Improving Access to Care."

AAPA President Lawrence Herman, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA, and AAPA CEO Jennifer L. Dorn also presented at a general session entitled, "Challenges and Opportunities for the PA Profession." 

Attendees took advantage of multiple networking opportunities to share their experiences and build common communication channels with fellow leaders and guest speakers.

Here's how one attendee summed up their experience: "This was my first time attending and I could not be happier that I did. In such a short time I made so many contacts, was given great suggestions, and in less than 12 hours since leaving have already enacted change based on this conference. The facility was fantastic, great choice of speakers and topics, very enjoyable overall."  

We'd like thank everyone for making Leadership and Advocacy Summit 2014 the best yet!

Comments, questions, or suggestions may be directed to coadministrator@aapa.org.