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July 13, 2020 President's Message

Colleagues,

As I reflect back on this last year, I can truly say I have never felt more humbled to be a part of this impressive group of medical professionals. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as President of the Washington Academy of PAs. 

The last few months have brought many uncertainties, among them, COVID-19 followed by a renewed focus on social injustice and the systemic racism that is institutionalized and gravely affects the health of our patients, friends and family. More uncertainties lie ahead but the demonstrated resilience and commitment of the PA profession is nothing short of inspiring. 

Last year was a landmark year in terms of PA legislation in our state. Thanks to the heroic efforts of our Legislative committee, led by Linda Dale, PA-C, D.H.Ed and our lobbyist, Chelsea Hager, JD Senate Bill 2378 passed! Effective July 2021, this bill will move delegation agreements to the practice level, increase the MD/PA ratio to 10:1, remove remote site restrictions, and remove duplicate regulatory structures for PA working with MDs and DOs.

STRATEGIC GOALS

Across the state, PAs have observed the changing landscape for PA practice.  There are many factors involved with PA employability and practice within our State. Due to the supervisory language and delegation agreement requirement, we have lost jobs in this state. This has driven our Strategic focus for 2020-2021 that we hope will reinforce the foundations of team practice and build upon our work:

  • Increase our membership – WE NEED YOU! Your voice needs to be heard and part of the way we are able to do that is with your membership.
  • Attain recognition of the PA role within the Washington medical community and the general public
  • Develop methods to promote financial sustainability for WAPA
  • Provide Quality Education and CME
  • Ensure we have a strong legislative voice

 COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITIES

We have a number of committee opportunities - we need your fresh voices, inspiration, passion and enthusiasm on our Marketing and Public Relations Committee, Elections Committee, Finance, and Student Affairs committees. We have also established a Fundraising and Development committee so if this is our passion - please consider volunteering to Chair this committee or be a member!

This organization has always been about you, the PA in the state of Washington. I hope you will not hesitate to contact me via email ([email protected]) with your thoughts, opinions, and recommendations. Most of all, I hope you will get involved. Together we are fierce and unstoppable!

Looking forward to the coming year and getting to know all of you better.

With Gratitude,

Gabrielle Zecha, PA-C, MHA, DFAAPA
President, Washington Academy of PAs

  


 

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We are dedicated to the promotion of our profession and need your support for its continued growth. Each Physician Assistant in this state is important to our organization. There is strength in numbers, and we need to watch issues such as reimbursement, practice laws and work on continuing to publicize our great profession.

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Fellow: A PA who is a member of AAPA (For WAPA elections, votes for WAPA & AAPA positions) $150.00 /year

Colleague: A PA who is not a member of AAPA (For WAPA elections, votes for WAPA officers only) $150.00/year

Sustaining: A retired PA, Active duty PA or a PA employed by a federal agency (i.e. the VA or Madigan) $95.00/year

Out of State: A PA who is not residing or working in Washington state. $95.00/year

Student: A student in a PA training program. Student memberships are $60.00 for 2 years.

Affiliate: A non-physician assistant (MD, DO, ND). $95.00/year

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