Dear Fellow Physician Assistants,
I’m running for the President Elect position for our organization because this is the time for our profession to be more assertive in this great state. I’m willing to put in the time and effort to really make a difference for all of us.
Just a little bit about me. I have an extensive medical background, beginning with 11 years of military service in the U.S Army as a combat medic and in the National Guard as a Physician Assistant. I have been a resident and provider in our state for the last 14 years of my 18 years of experience. My PA experience is broad, with positions in Neurology, Community Medicine, Family Practice and most recently Urgent Care. I am also a PA educator and work first hand in shaping future Physician Assistants. Recently, I was promoted to the position of Director of Academic Education for our PA program, a position that takes a tremendous amount of responsibility and confidence to perform. I am also the current Southern Nevada Junior Director at Large for NAPA, having been elected 2 years ago to help advance the rights of PA’s in our great state.
There are several initiatives that I feel are essential for the evolution of our profession. First, I feel that we as PA’s need to pass legislation that reduces restrictions to PA practice, and reduces work burdens for our supervising physicians. I am finding that the more restrictions in place for our supervising physicians, the less likely they are to continue to supervise or hire PAs. This is an issue for all of us who are currently practicing as well as those new PA’s in our state. Physicians are starting to refuse to supervise us due to the additional work load and legal liabilities placed upon them by cumbersome supervisory laws. I am a full supporter of OTP or optimal team practice, which would remove these restrictions and move us towards a corroborative agreement. The advancement of OTP through the Nevada Legislature will in turn, help advance our profession in this state.
Second, we are currently without a governing board that is made up of our own. This needs to change and we need to fight for our own board, run by PA’s FOR PA’s.
Third, and I feel the most important, is the issue of legislative autonomy for experienced PA’s. In order for our profession to remain competitive in this state, we need to fight for this. Nevada is extremely short on primary care providers and autonomous practice would not only benefit our profession, but those individuals that are a vital part of what we do. Currently there is an average 6 week wait for primary care appointments. This needs to change so that we as PA’s can rise to our full potential and fully serve those in our communities. This can be a very exciting and progressive period for PA’s in the state, and I want to be a vital part of this process.
I feel that I have the experience and the passion to fight for our profession and the issues that are important to our practice. Please elect me as your future President so that I can be your voice when it comes to Physician Assistant issues in our state. I most sincerely thank you for your vote and consideration.