President’s Welcome – 2016

135[1]  Hello, and welcome to the Connecticut Academy of PAs home on the web!

I am very excited to be serving the PAs of Connecticut in my second term as President of this great organization. There is a lot of history of progressiveness and important leaders in healthcare that have come up through ConnAPA, and I am humbled and honored to follow in their footsteps.

Last year ConnAPA had a strong year in many ways. We finished the fiscal year in a strong financial position. The Charter Oak Conference was again very successful, and personally speaking, one of the best I’ve attended. Our annual Student Leadership Conference was the most successful to date in terms of attendance and outreach.  Our legislative committee made contacts at the Capitol and were very busy reviewing pending legislation throughout the session. Our board members are very active and supportive of our organization, and they do a great job ensuring the above successes.

Unfortunately the one area I cannot say was strong for us was our membership rolls.  For some reason we continue to lose members and are not recruiting enough new ones to make up the difference.  ConnAPA represents ALL PAs of Connecticut, not just the members, and unfortunately I think that fact is taken advantage of. Our annual dues are $125.  That is an incredibly small sum to support the organization that continues to fight for you to continue to practice medicine in the ways that you do. Do not be fooled, there are constant threats to your practice and our legislative team made up of volunteer PAs and our lobbyist, The Kowalski Group, work very hard to protect us. In addition your membership gains you access to a very robust job board, commercial benefits including student loan refinancing with Darien Rowayton Bank and discounts on Exam Master PANCE and PANRE reviews, frequent updates on political occurrences, updates on AAPA policy, networking events, CME opportunity including the annual Charter Oak Conference, which annually offers over 30 hours of CME including the now required self-assessment CME, updates on new state statutes affecting PA practice, and more!

This is an exciting time for PA education in this state, with two new programs entering the scene. If you are not already, I urge you all to precept at least one student a year. The rumors about students taking time from your busy schedule are not true, and it’s a great experience for both you and the student. I think you will find that you’ll really be on your toes and at the top of your game so you are ready for your students, which in turn will amount to stronger care for our patients.  Remember, physicians and PAs took time to teach you once upon a time, give back to our profession, and ensure the next generation is as strong, or stronger, than we are.

If you are not a member, or need to renew I ask you to please do so now.  I urge you to precept a student. I also ask that you volunteer some time with us! We are always looking for new committee members to help.

Thank you for visiting our website today, if you have any questions or comments, please contact me at any time at [email protected].

All the best,

Jason P. Prevelige, MHS, PA-C
President, ConnAPA 2016-2017