AAPA 2021 Main Stage Events to Feature ZDoggMD, Dr. Fauci, HGTV and Top Chef Celebs

Topics Include Health Equity, Burnout, and Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Providers

May 5, 2021

AAPA’s first virtual conference, from May 23 to 26, will feature premier speakers during its Main Stage Events. These events will occur daily, from ZDoggMD at General Session on Sunday, May 23, to a Fireside Chat with Dr. Fauci on Wednesday, May 26. Wherever you are, pull up a chair to listen, earn CME, and participate in conversations about health equity, moral injury, and COVID-19’s impact on healthcare providers.


Sunday, May 23, 4 – 6 p.m. ET
Dr. Zubin Damania, ZDoggMD: Rebooting Healthcare
AAPA President Beth R. Smolko, DMSc, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA
AAPA President-elect Diane M. Brusseow, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
2020 Eugene A. Stead Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award

In a return appearance following his popular Las Vegas keynote in 2017, Dr. Zubin Damania, better known as ZDoggMD, will share his thoughts on the ways COVID-19 has shown us how vulnerable we are in a fee-for-service healthcare model where we don’t have a team to help us. His entertaining keynote will cover how the healthcare system can be more connected and purpose driven. He will tell us how we can change our own ways of being in the world, our behaviors, and ways of interacting with others, so we can move toward a better healthcare system for everyone.

In addition, AAPA President Beth Smolko will provide an update of trends and accomplishments by the profession in the past year, followed by President-elect Diane Bruessow, who will introduce the 2020 Eugene A. Stead Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award winner. After ZDoggMD’s remarks, attendees can participate in a lively chat with Smolko and ZDoggMD from 5:15 to 6 p.m. ET to look at team-based care, burnout, and how healthcare providers emerge from the pandemic.

Monday, May 24, 1 – 2 p.m. ET
Jean C. Accius, PhD, Senior Vice President, AARP: COVID-19: The Great Revealer and Accelerator in Transforming Our Delivery Systems
2020 Individual Excellence Awards

On Monday afternoon, May 24, we’ll hear a presentation from healthcare leader Jean C. Accius, PhD, who will share his thoughts on COVID-19 as a great revealer, demonstrating the weakness of systems around the world and at home and further exacerbating inequalities in health, wealth, and longevity. As we embrace COVID-19 vaccines and look to an end to the coronavirus pandemic crisis, we consider “getting back to normal.” But we must recognize that that normal excluded many in our pre-COVID world. Accius will address the role we all have to play in advancing equity and addressing systematic disparities in healthcare. Help celebrate the 2020 Individual Excellence Award winners, including the 2020 Military Service Award, AAPA/PAEA Preceptor Award, and PA of the Year.

Monday, May 24, 6 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Mina Starsiak Hawk: HGTV’s Good Bones: Mina at Home

We all look forward to meeting in person at AAPA 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. To tell us more about this exciting city, Mina Starsiak Hawk, the host of HGTV’s popular show “Good Bones,” will chat with Chris Gahl with Visit Indy, about parenting, health, work-life balance, and not-to-miss experiences when you visit the city next May. Married with two kids under the age of three, Starsiak Hawk has dedicated her life to raising a family while saving old homes in Indianapolis in partnership with her mom, Karen Laine. Hear her take on daily routine, DIYs, design trends, parenting advice, and more — and don’t miss a chance to ask her questions from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

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Monday, May 24, 7:30 – 9 p.m. ET
AAPA National Medical Virtual Challenge Bowl
2020 and 2021 PA Student of the Year Awards
2020 and 2021 Outstanding Student Society Awards

Join us for AAPA’s National Medical Virtual Challenge Bowl on Monday evening, May 24, the first-ever Virtual Challenge Bowl. The top-scoring teams from each of the six regional qualifying events will compete in an exciting finale during the Virtual Challenge Bowl Championship that evening. Start the program by congratulating the 2020 and 2021 winners of the PA Student of the Year and Outstanding Student Society awards.

Tuesday, May 25, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. ET
Chef Jennifer Carroll: Cook With Chef Jen Carroll

Pull out your skillet on Tuesday afternoon as Philadelphia native Jennifer Carroll, founder and chef of Carroll Couture Cuisine, and partner and chef of Spice Finch Restaurant in Philadelphia (not to mention a Bravo TV “Top Chef” finalist!) demonstrates her recipe and techniques for making shakshuka.

Tuesday, May 25, 4 – 5 p.m. ET
Marcela Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS:
Health Equity Panel: PAs Are the Catalyst of Change to Close the Health Equity Gap
Robert L. Wooten, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Robin N. Hunter Buskey, DHSc, CPHQ, CCHP, CDCES, PA-C, DFAAPA
Andrea Lowe, MBA, MPH, PA-C
2021 Individual Excellence Awards: Publishing, Preceptor, Military Service, and PA of the Year

This panel presentation begins with remarks from Marcela Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center, Yale School of Medicine, and director of the White House’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Following Nunez-Smith, PAs will hear from a panel including PA Andrea Lowe, AAPA director, Employer Strategy and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Business Partner, with DEI Commission Chair Robert Wooten, assistant professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of PA Studies, and Robin Hunter Buskey, senior PA at the Federal Bureau of Prisons Medical Center. Health inequities existed long before COVID-19 surged worldwide. But the intersection of social media, the 24/7 news cycle, and significant national events have highlighted the inequities that have affected large portions of the population. The discussion will engage the panelists in a conversation about health inequities and their effects on multiple populations, and what we as clinicians can do to positively impact this crisis while supporting our colleagues, patients, and communities. Tune in early on Tuesday afternoon as AAPA announces for the first time the 2021 Individual Excellence Awards, including Publishing, Preceptor, Military Service, and PA of the Year winners.

Wednesday, May 26, 10 – 11 a.m. ET
Rita N. Brock, PhD, RelM, MA: Moral Injury is Not Burnout: Recognizing, Acknowledging, and Healing Moral Injury in Healthcare Professionals
Heather M. Hylton, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, FASCO
2020-2021 Employer of Excellence Awards

Self-care for PAs is the theme of Wednesday’s Main Stage Event: an interview by PA Heather M. Hylton, director of Advanced Practice Providers at K Health, with Rita N. Brock, senior vice president and director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America. Providers have faced formidable challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Long hours, separation from their support networks, lack of adequate treatment for patients, rationing care, and death have pushed many frontline providers to their limits. Has this led to burnout or something deeper like moral injury? This session will differentiate between moral injury and burnout and suggest how to foster moral resilience. AAPA will kick off the session by presenting the awards for 2020-2021 Employers of Excellence. These awards are designed to showcase organizations that have recognized the value PAs bring to healthcare teams by creating and maintaining opportunities for PA leadership and professional growth.

Wednesday, May 26, 3:30 – 4 p.m. ET
Anthony S. Fauci, MD: Fireside Chat With Dr. Anthony S. Fauci
AAPA President Beth R. Smolko, DMSc, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA

For the final Main Stage Event of AAPA 2021, on Wednesday afternoon, PAs can listen in as Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical advisor to the President converses with AAPA President Beth Smolko. Dr. Fauci will discuss how PAs can contribute to the health of the public as we emerge from the pandemic; including speaking confidently to patients who question getting vaccinated; preventing new levels of infection; looking at long-term effects of the virus on patient health; and recovering from burnout.

Wednesday, May 26, 4 – 4:15 p.m. ET
AAPA 2021 Highlights
Get Ready for AAPA 2022 in Indianapolis

PAs can enjoy the AAPA 2021 conference highlights and experience a rousing invitation to attend AAPA 2022, which will be held in Indianapolis from May 21-25.

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