Student SPARK Sessions

Student SPARK Sessions

Student SPARK Sessions

SPARK Sessions will give you advice and knowledge for every phase of your PA student career – and beyond!

All SPARK Sessions will be held on Sunday, May 20, in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel.

Add Student SPARK Sessions to your schedule.

Mental Health First Aid 
9-10 a.m.
St. James Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Amber Buzzi, PA
Susan Salahshor, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
Jacqueline Spiegel, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Mental health disorders are common in the U. S., with one in five adults experiencing a mental disorder in any year. Despite the prevalence, mental health remains stigmatized and largely feared. The medical community is poised to influence change, yet many healthcare professionals feel ill-equipped to meet the needs of patients with mental health concerns.  Learn how PAs and PA students are using Mental Health First Aid to address this issue of national concern and prepare communities to recognize and respond to signs of early-stage mental illness.

 

Student Loan Best Practices Presented by Laurel Road
9-10 a.m.
St. Charles Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Alexandra Saland, Partnerships Marketing Manager

Did you know that changing how much interest you pay on your student loans could mean saving money over the life of your loan? The reason: Borrowers with a strong credit history may qualify for better rates than the ones they signed on for when they first took out their loans. Laurel Road, an AAPA affinity partner, can help PA students like you save tens of thousands by refinancing to lower rates.

In this session you will learn:

  • If loan forgiveness is a viable option for PAs;
  • If PAs benefit from new federal income-driven repayment programs;
  • How pending legislative changes may impact loan repayment;
  • How to lower student loan interest rates;
  • When to consider loan refinancing;
  • What the loan refinancing process looks like;
  • How to get the additional 0.125% rate discount Laurel Road offers AAPA members.

 

Working with Pharma: Phriend or Phoe? Presented by Point of Care Network
10-11 a.m.
St. James Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Spencer Falk
Richard Zwickel

Developing a new drug is an expensive and arduous journey. This requires close communication between industry and outside experts, like PAs, who can describe where the medical needs are the greatest, what properties an ideal therapeutic would have, and where existing approaches may fall short. Most importantly, you will be prescribers, need new information and may have important questions. Our speakers will help you navigate the landscape and understand the role these companies can play in your future.

Hear from Spencer Falk and Richard Zwickel, two veterans of the drug industry who have worked with PAs for years, on how the pharmaceutical industry is dedicated to developing important new medicines that improve health and save lives, and how you can help.

 

45 Ideas in 45 Minutes
10-11 a.m.
St. Charles Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Catherine Gahres, VP, Membership Development & Services,
Laura Burch, Assistant Director, Fellow Membership Recruitment & Retention
Katie Desmond, Assistant Director, Student Membership Development & PA Program Relations

Prepare for a quickfire session about putting your AAPA membership benefits to work for you! Gain 45 tips and resources from AAPA to help you thrive as a student and as a new PA. Stay for the last 15 minutes to demo two of our newest products: PA Portfolio and Mentor Match.

 

Surviving Clinical Rotations 101
11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
St. James Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Cynthia Booth Lord, MHS, PA-C; Program Director, Case Western Reserve University

Get an overview of helpful tips and pearls of wisdom for students entering the clinical phase of their education. Topics include everything from appropriate attire to a clinical book list. This is a very popular session – come early to guarantee a seat!

 

Transitioning From Education to Practice Presented by CompHealth
11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
St. Charles Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Speaker TBD

This session will review how PA students need to prepare before starting a job search, how to identify the perfect job, what employers are looking for in new PAs, how to negotiate a great contract, and how utilizing a staffing firm can make the search easier. This session will include a mock interview.

 

Flashing Lights of an Exciting Practice in Emergency Medicine
12:30-2 p.m.
St. James Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Daniel Goodrich, PA-C

Emergency Medicine is a specialty that requires the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illnesses, injuries, and behavioral disorders in all age groups. This session will provide you with first-hand knowledge and expertise that can take years in Emergency Medicine to learn.

 

Positioning Yourself for Locum Tenens Work Presented by CompHealth
12:30-2 p.m.
St. Charles Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Speaker TBD

Discover how piloting your education with the right rotations, residencies/fellowships, settings and procedures can help you gain transferable experience and better set you up for your first locum tenens job.

 

Ants In Your PANCE? Presented by HIPPO
2-3:30 p.m.
St. James Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

John Mabee, PhD, PA-C

A therapeutic guide for the worried (and nervous) test-taker. Delve into tips, tricks, and test-taking strategies for mastering anxiety, content, and ultimately the PANCE with Hippo Education’s John Mabee — educator, clinician, former NCCPA test item writer, and PANRE chair.

 

PA Scope of Practice Session Presented by Barton
2-3:30 p.m.
St. Charles Ballroom, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel

Speaker TBD

In this interactive session, we’ll cover the key elements of scope-of-practice laws through the demonstration of an online tool, paying particular attention to how PA students can use this resource as they prepare for graduation. We’ll also review Optimal Team Practice in the context of scope of practice and what it means for students. Our presenters will also highlight some of the most PA-friendly states, explaining how locum tenens assignments offer the experience to live and practice in different locations without committing to a full-time, permanent position.