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Stacey Becker, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Director-at-Large Candidate

Endorsed by the Nominating Committee

Vernon Hills, Illinois

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Summary Biography

Dr. Stacey Becker is the Director of APPs at Endeavor Health’s Medical Group. She began her career as a PA in 2003 and has worked in several specialties. Throughout the years Dr. Becker has been committed to PA practice advancement and has contributed to growth by serving on the board of directors for state and national PA organizations. PA leader development is a passion and area of focus in recent years. Dr. Becker is running for the board to elevate PAs in the healthcare landscape through advocacy and to work on engagement of the PA community.

Candidate Questions

Please describe your vision for the AAPA under your leadership and the issues you feel are most pressing for the AAPA membership.

Moving forward AAPA will need to remain committed to the integration of PAs into healthcare teams that prioritizes the individual patient. Healthcare is a team sport and PAs are a critical element of the group. AAPA is able to highlight the skills and education of PAs and find opportunities to position PAs as a healthcare solution during a time when healthcare gaps and provider shortages are widespread. Expansion of educational campaigns to the public regarding the training, skill set, and scope of PAs is an additional means to bolster efforts for expansion of care to patients. From a practice advancement standpoint, a main focus of these efforts should center around modernization of antiquated legislation that inhibits PA ability to provide care to those in need. While AAPA can be a guiding force at a national level, it will be critical to engage and support state PA organizations in their effort to modernize practice at the state level. Cultivating strong relationships with other healthcare organizations including physician and nurse practitioner professional groups can be a key strategy in accomplishing these goals. Partnership with other healthcare providers removes the concern for scope creep and competition within the patient care space.

What uniquely qualifies you for AAPA elected office and how will it help address AAPA’s strategic plan?

Over the past 14 years I have been privileged to serve PAs in a variety of leadership roles. In my career, time spent as a frontline leader integrated into my team enabled me to experience both successes and challenges alongside them. AT the same time this required me to make difficult decisions that were impactful to the group. I learned the value of input from those directly involved as well as the skills to make decisions that would have optimal long term, sustainable results, even when it was challenging. As a volunteer service leader, I found meaningful change takes time and commitment. As I grew into senior leadership roles, I learned accountability as a leader and holding myself to the same standard of being reflective of my actions was invaluable. Transparency and honesty are traits that I truly believe a leader must have, even when the message is difficult or when there is little information to share. Expectation setting in leadership is critical, as is follow through. By demonstrating these qualities as a leader in various roles I’ve found that the best results come when the leaders and teams have trusting and respectful relationships. Communication is at the heart of every relationship. My ability to communicate with confidence, conviction, consideration, and compassion are what make me uniquely qualified for the position. These skills will allow me to develop strong foundational relationships anchored in trust and respect, which are the driving force behind the strategic plan.