Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants
Welcome to the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants website. Our goal is to provide you with information to help you in your daily practice and professional lives. We will keep you up-to-date on OAPA and AAPA news and information, as well as state and national news that pertain to our practice and/or profession.
One change that is a hot topic of conversation is the new NCCPA requirements for recertification. The OAPA is working with the AAPA on the CME requirements to help make this transition as easy as possible for our members. We will continue to provide traditional CME at the State Convention, but are exploring avenues to provide ways to help you earn the required self-assessment CME and performance improvement CME (PI-CME). Information will be posted on the website as we make progress towards this goal.
A few months ago, we surveyed the membership to get your opinions in various areas. One topic that was frequently mentioned was the need for opportunities for networking outside the State Convention. In response, we have a new Social Networking Committee chaired by Russell Wheeler. This committee will look for ways to bring PA’s in different regions together to socialize and exchange ideas. Your input is needed and encouraged. If you have any ideas or would like to be a part of this committee, please email or call Susan at the OAPA office.
Over the past couple of years, the OAPA has worked with Candor PR firm to promote our profession to the public and other medical professions. We have a new exhibit that we have taken to several medical conferences this past year, as well as having TV and newspaper coverage of important events. We will continue to look for ways to promote our profession in the future.
This past spring saw several changes with the volunteer structure of the AAPA. These changes caused considerable turmoil in the House of Delegates. Two Task Forces were formed to discuss communications between the Board of Directors and House and the Volunteer structure. There is also a Task Force concerning the rules for electing Directors –at-Large. In keeping with the OAPA tradition of having a voice in the AAPA, Don Flinn, Dan O’Donoghue and I each sit on one of these task forces. We will keep you advised of the outcomes of these task forces. The OAPA is committed to keeping your voice present on the national level.
The OAPA is your academy. We have numerous committees and would welcome new members. Please contact Susan if you would like to be more involved. Also, please make sure you update your information on this website so we can keep you informed of news or practice changes that may affect your practice. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us at the OAPA office. We are here to help you in any way we can.
Theresa Gavula, PA-C
OAPA President 2013-14