Thursday, June 6, 2013

Have you heard of "Spice" or "Purple Drank", what about "Molly"?

All of the above are emerging/present drugs of abuse. Haven't heard of them?  Thats ok!!!

Drugs coming from the "streets" are always changing and progressing and its difficult even for users to keep up with all of them (I am guessing).

Where can you learn more about these drugs and state up to date?
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIHDA)

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PA Foundation

-What is the Physician Assistant Foundation? 
In simple terms the PA Foundation is the AAPA's philanthropic arm. It was started in 1977 at the AAPA's Educational and Research Foundation and was known as this until 1991. In 1991 the name was officially changed to Physician Assistant Foundation and it adopted a new mission - "fostering knowledge and philanthropy that enhance the delivery of quality healthcare"- and a focus of "advancing healthcare through philanthropy". (1)  With these changes the organization expanded its programs to what now includes community-based project grants, research fellowshipstudent scholarships and more. (I think it is always important to review an organization's mission, vision and goals, so I have provided them below)

     Mission- To foster better health through better care.
     Vision- Patient-centered, team-based, quality healthcare for all ages
          Outreach- Resources to promote the physician assistant workforce and foster innovative practice
          Education- Programs, tools and resources that assist PAs in providing better healthcare to their patients
          Visibility- Promotion of PAs and their practice to patients, caregivers and other health professionals
          Capacity Building- A robust, viable, self-sustaining organization

-What is A PAramount Evening?
A PAramount Evening is a dinner hosted by the PA Foundation every year at IMPACT which is AAPA's annual conference. It is a fundraising opportunity for the foundation, as well as a great networking opportunity.  I was able to attend this years dinner where I met several great PAs, PA students and amazing U.S. Marine, Lt. Col. Justin Constantine. The food was good and the experience was amazing! Here is a list of those that were recognized. (Please click on the people's names to see a video about them and the work they have done. Also a special thank you to AAPA for putting these videos together. They are inspirational!)

     This years PA Foundation Award:
          Caring for Communities- Bread for the City
     This years AAPA PAragon Awards:
           President's Award- John Trimbacth PA-C
           Eugene A. Stead Award of Achievement- Ron Nelson PA-C
           Outstanding PA of the Year Award- Jeff Callard PA-C
           Publishing Awards- 
                Research- Marcia Bouton PA-C
                Clinical- Christopher Castellano PA-C
           Preceptor of the Year Award- Joseph Cohen PA-C
           Federal Service PA of the Year Award- Earl Morse PA-C
           PA Service to The Underserved Award- Sixtus Atabong PA-C
           Humanitarian PA of the Year Award- Erle Canfield PA
           Health Monitor Life Changer Award- Kyra Downing PA-C
I could not find a video on Mrs. Downing but I do have a quote from Linda H. the patient that nominated her for the award:
"Kyra sent me for an ultrasound because she didn't like the result of the office EKG. The ultrasound showed a benign tumor in my heart. If left untreated, it would have eventually caused a heart attack. Soon after I had an open heart surgery. The tumor was taken from the wall of my heart. I have been given a second chance. Thank you, Kyra Downing, for being an excellent PA."- Linda H. (2)
*I would also like to thank the PA Foundation for the cards giving to everyone in attendance. Very cool!
-Why should Pre-PAs know about this organization?
Pre-PAs need to know about the PA Foundation for several reasons. The first and arguable the most important for the Pre-PA is that they offer the only Pre-PA Scholarship that I know of!  Yes a scholarship specifically for PRE-PAs!!!  If you have not clicked on the two previous links to go to their web page on the Pre-PA scholarship please click HERE!  Why else should you know about this organization?  The offer PA Student Scholarships. In addition they recognize your fellow (or soon to be fellow) colleagues, provide you opportunities to volunteer and give back and are overall just a great organization.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me or check out the PA Foundation website by clicking on their logo at the top of this post.

To show your support to the PA Foundation please check out ways to give

1. Vision, Mission, History. Physician Assistants Foundation. Available at: Accessed June 5, 2013. 
2. PArtners in PAtient Education. PA Professional. May 2013:7.

Please note I do not know how to do a superscript when composing in Blogger so the "(#)" will be what I use for referencing.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

PAs Took Washington, D.C.

Here is a video highlight of the conference from AAPA:


I had an awesome experience at AAPA's IMPACT 2013 in Washington, D.C..  Here is a brief summary of my trip:

Saturday May 25
I arrived early in the morning after taking a red eye and met up with two classmates that I was sharing a room with. We headed over to the conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where I checked-in. The first talk we went to was called Rapid Response...The Approach to the Acutely Ill Patient by Paul Szczybor PA-C . This was an interesting talk and a good review of you basics in an emergency situation. It was also nice to see how PAs could play an integral role in the rapid response team (RRT) in a hospital setting. If you want to learn more about PAs and RRTs pleas check out this article (this is not from the conference).

Next we attended the Adolescent Medicine Sports Injury Cases, which was a good review/motivator on common orthopedic problems. This talk was done my Dr. Andrew Gregory who works at Vanderbilt's Orthopedic Department, and was also a member of Men's National Volleyball team. Vanderbilt has an iTunes channel you may want to check out.   This was not from the talk but here is some more pediatric orthopedic problems to check out.

Next we attended PVC Pipes Leaking or Clogged- Clotting Issues and Anemia 101: To Low, No Go which were both presented by Allan Platt PA-C, MMSc. These two talks were a great review for some hematology issues. I also noticed the more interesting the title the more interesting the talk (keep that in mind the next time you attend a conference).  Mr. Platt was also an interesting character and if you every get a chance to here him speak I encourage you to check it out. He is the Academic Coordinator and Board Review Coordinator at Emory University. Here are some great educational resources: EMORY (scroll down when you get to page).

Sunday May 26
It was a beautiful day, so we did not do much conference stuff. We walked all around D.C. checking out different attractions.

Monday May 27
We started the day with talk by Dr. Richard Cantor on Current Drugs of Abuse, which was very informative, shocking, and funny. If you are interested in drug abuse here is a great place to get started: National Institute on Drug Abuse.

We also attended the Emergency Medicine Procedures: An In-depth and Internal View by Jeff W. Hinshaw, MS, PA-C, NREMT-P. This talk was really cool and a bit over my head. Mr. Hinshaw talked about many ways to manage airways and provided several videos. He also provided videos on what it looked like from inside the patient, when you put in various airway devices which was very interesting. I can not find any of the videos he used (so far..) but here are some videos from a quick YouTube search, check them out here.

That night I met up with other classmates at the National Medical Challenge Bowl!  While our team did not win, we all had a lot of fun and it was a great experience. I do want to say congratulations to Stanford team which got into the finals via a wild card. AAPA has not posted a video of the event yet, but when they do I will post it. (You should subscribe to AAPA's YouTube channel if you have not done so already.)

Tuesday May 28
Tuesday started with General Session talk involving Former Senator and Founder of Caring for Military Families: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Elizabeth Dole (here is a video clip of her speech), past AAPA President Robert Wooten PA-C (PA Man), and current Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  Kathleen Sebelius. AAPA has put together an extensive set of resources of PAs helping veterans, please check it out here.

I attended a few more sessions this day and then at night I was lucky enough to go to the PAramount Evening which is to benefit the Physician Assistant Foundation.  More to come on this night later...

Wednesday May 29
Capitol Hill Day...more to come on this topic later.

Thursday May 30
This was my last day in D.C. and I was able to visit Arlington National Cemetery, which I encourage everyone to do. I would like to say thank you to all that have served this country, gave their lives for this country and a special thank you to their families.

Here are some pictures from my travels