I respectfully declare my candidacy for the Director at Large position on the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Board of Directors. I am currently the Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science with prior experience at the PA programs at UT Southwestern University in Dallas, TX and Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. I also had the distinct privilege of being the first PA educator on staff for PAEA which strengthened my desire to contribute on the national level.
During my first term on the board, I engaged in PAEA's strategic work that has centered on diversity and inclusion, clinical education, and faculty development. I served as a member of the Optimal Team Practice Task Force that was charged to develop a response to AAPA's resolution on Optimal Team Practice (OTP). The impact that OTP may have on PA education remains to be seen, so it is incumbent upon PAEA to lead efforts to prepare programs and their graduates to transition into potentially redefined practice settings.
My goal in seeking another term as Director at Large is to continue the good work being done on the national level on behalf of PA programs, students, and faculty. There is much that needs to be accomplished as we continue to explore challenges with securing quality clinical rotation sites. PAEA's recent advocacy efforts include support for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide credit to clinicians serving as preceptors to be eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS) which should provide an important incentive for clinical education. Our profession is at a critical juncture in its history, so it is vital that we maintain the quality of our educational programs as we explore innovative solutions to meet program needs.
Central to moving the profession forward is strengthening our relationships with our sister organizations. As educators, we should foster conversations that invite constructive dialogue and facilitate the open exchange of ideas. Working collaboratively with the Four Orgs on issues relating to education, accreditation, certification, and clinical practice not only benefit the profession as a whole, but also model behaviors we want our students to emulate.
I would be honored to serve the association and its members as a Director at Large member of the PAEA Board of Directors.
Topping the list of attributes for a high-performing Board member is the ability to think critically. The ability to objectively evaluate the issues that come before the Board is essential in order to thoroughly vet the subjects at hand to critically evaluate the associated pros and cons. Part of that vetting or generative process includes asking the right questions and being open-minded to alternate viewpoints and solutions. Central to fostering effective discussions is being respectful of others, being a good team player, and being able to build consensus. Other key attributes include being innovative, transparent, and a good communicator.
For myself, as a clinician and long-time educator, I have sought to think critically throughout my career in order to guide decision-making impacting patients, students, and the program. I've often described myself as someone who is able to appreciate both sides of an issue, which has allowed me to balance the merits of alternate opinions with the opportunities to find common ground. I once took a Dale Carnegie course on communicating with tact and diplomacy. The take-homes from that course continue to resonate with me about the importance how we communicate so that our message isn't lost in the delivery. In addition, my sense of dedication and responsibility prepare me as a Board member to help meet the needs of our members, students, and the Association.