Student Board Looks Ahead to 2018

By Alfred Trae Beasler, III, PA-C

Alfred Trae Beasler, III, PA-CHappy New Year! My name is Trae Beasler, PA-C, and I am the President of the Student Academy Board of Directors and the Student Director on AAPA’s Board of Directors.  As we look forward to the new opportunities in 2018, I wanted to share some of the important initiatives that the Student Academy has undertaken this year.

In May 2017 at AAPA’s Conference, the student Assembly of Representatives (AOR) elected a new Student Board and passed 11 resolutions , which guide the work of the Student Academy and the Student Board. Since Conference, the Student Board has been hard at work on these resolutions. As an example, Resolution 2017-06, PA Student Service Week, encouraged PA students across the nation to go into their communities and give back through service.  31 PA programs participated by holding fundraisers, working with Habitat for Humanity, hosting blood drives,  and volunteering as medical staff at community events.

At our October 2017 meeting, we continued to frame our work on the resolutions, particularly the ones that address reducing the stigma associated with mental health, looking at how PA students can assist with the opioid crisis, and updating the AOR Toolkit. We also elected 21 student delegates who will represent the student voice at the 2018 House of Delegates (HOD) meeting.

During October’s PA Week, more than 200 PAs and PA students from 15 PA programs attended the “PAs on the Plaza” event.  Representing 15 PA programs, they converged on Rockefeller Plaza during The Today Show to raise awareness of our profession.

The Student Board’s monthly conference calls host a variety of guest speakers who educate us on different topics. Ann Davis, PA-C, gave an update on Optimal Team Practice (OTP). Bianca Belcher, PA-C, and Jennifer Broderick, Managing Director, brought awareness to the many products and opportunities available through the Center for Healthcare Leadership & Management (CHLM). Frank Norman, PA-C, brought to life the importance of point of care ultrasound with a very informative presentation. I hope you will join me at the 2018 Conference to learn more from Frank and his colleague, Patrick Bafuma, PA-C, when they present the “Yes, I Scan” competition for students. This will feature student teams showing off their ultrasound skills during a variety of clinical circumstances.

This year, the Student Board has their eye on AAPA’s Leadership and Advocacy Summit (LAS) in D.C. and our Conference in New Orleans. This year’s Conference includes much to look forward to for PA students: SPARK Sessions; the National Medical Challenge Bowl; the AOR meeting; General Session; Shaking Hands, Taking Names; Yes, I Scan; the Career Fair, and more!  Please join me in New Orleans for an exciting and informative opportunity-laden experience and always feel free to reach out to me with ideas, thoughts, concerns, and questions.

Trae graduated from the University of Oklahoma-Oklahoma City and passed the PANCE in December. PA students across the nation are encouraged and welcome to contact any of the Student Academy Board members throughout the year and can follow the Student Academy on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest news and events.