During this unprecedented time of closures and disruption in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), AAPA has compiled a suite of resources that may be helpful as you convert your courses to online learning.
AAPA’s COVID-19 Resource Center is a place to find tools and resources to help you continue to practice medicine safely and effectively, while keeping your own health in mind.
AAPA’s Huddle is the online community for fellow, student, and retired members. COVID-19 Conversations is a feed that features real-time conversations about COVID-19 to organize and ease the spread of accurate information among providers.
PA programs can request the membership extension as a group process by contacting the AAPA student membership team at [email protected].
ARC-PA COVID-19 Guidance for PA Programs: Read the latest updates and statements on topics like clinical rotations from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).
PAEA’s COVID-19 Information Center has many useful links and resources for programs and faculty, including teaching tools and tutorials. We are working closely with PAEA to help programs and students share information and coordinate resources.
Live Digital Presentations
AAPA staff are available to serve as online guest lecturers and speak regularly to PA programs around the country. Available presentations include:
“AAPA: Your Lifetime Partner for Your PA Journey” – one-hour lecture covering PA professional issues, state and federal advocacy priorities for the PA profession including 6 Key Elements of a Modern PA Practice Act, the Title Change Investigation, and AAPA member benefits. Contact Katie Desmond, Director of Student Membership and PA Program Relations, to schedule.
“Billing & Reimbursement” and “Demonstrating PA Value” – one- to two-hour presentations that cover basics in reimbursement, billing, and productivity by knowledgeable AAPA staff. Contact Sondra M. DePalma, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA, Director of Regulatory and Professional Practice, to schedule.
“The Importance of Being Earnest(ly)…Active in Research” – a 30-minute talk on why research is important throughout the career of a PA and how AAPA can help. “Research Resources for PAs” is a one-hour talk about resources that will aid PAs and PA students who are not sure where to start when engaging in research. Contact Noël Smith, Senior Director, PA and Industry Research and Analysis, to schedule.
“Missing Out Because You Aren’t LinkedIn: What Every PA Student Should Know About This Powerful Platform” is a one-hour presentation on the value to PA students of creating a refined LinkedIn profile. Learn how this tool can assist in securing clinical rotations, searching for jobs, and connecting with thousands of potential colleagues. Contact Andrea Lowe, MHA, PA-C Director, AAPA Employer Strategy, to schedule.
“Preventing Prescription Opioid Misuse: Preparing Future Prescribers Through Education” – pre-prescriber seminar on preventing the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids in future practice. This one- to two-hour lecture can also feature interactive learning activities. Contact Lynette Sappe-Watkins, Executive Director of the PA Foundation, to schedule.
Free Resources and Activities
The following resources may be useful as supplemental student-driven learning activities supporting your curriculum.
FREE Course “Empathetics: The Introduction to the Neuroscience and Practice of Empathy.” – Empathetics self-paced online courses are based on extensive and novel clinical research conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital. The courses provide insights into how humans process emotions and teaches practical attitudes and skills to improve interpersonal communications. Each course includes video with rich and interactive content. If you would like to offer this course to your students, contact [email protected] with the roster of students who will be accessing it. Students will be able to access the course through Learning Central and will receive a certificate for completion.
Learning Central is AAPA’s hub for hundreds of different online learning activities on a range of different topics. Many activities are available for free for AAPA members, though some have a small fee.
PA Foundation’s Substance Use Disorder Guide for Students – Pre-recorded lectures and learning from the live PA Foundation event held at AAPA 2019 featuring five videos. Students can test their comprehension with an optional quiz at the end of most videos. There are also additional resources on SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery, as well as profiles of PAs working in SUD practice.
PA Program Portal includes a number of classroom tools, ready-made PowerPoint presentations, clinical tools, and downloadable fact sheets about the PA profession.
PA Students: PA Practice Considerations – Ensure your students fully understand PA scope of practice, federal legislation, regulations, healthcare fraud and abuse, and CMS policies affecting PA practice.
Rosh Review is offering distance learning tools for PAs — question banks, assessments, and program dashboards — free of charge to all PA programs who need distance learning tools for 30 days. This includes both didactic and clinical year content. Contact [email protected] for access. *Note: Rosh Review has an ongoing business relationship with AAPA and is a sponsor of the National Medical Challenge Bowl.
Vital Minds Podcast – Vital Minds is the PA Foundation’s podcast. Each episode features a conversation between host James Millward, an early career PA, and a guest expert on a topic of relevance to the PA and healthcare provider audience, ranging from mental health and obesity to pain management and more. There are 14 episodes available, with new episodes being released regularly.
Wolters Kluwer is offering PA programs complimentary access to a selection of products designed to support instructors and students who are now learning remotely, including a Health Library designed for PA students as well as anatomy resources.