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Sobel Receives Gavel as Incoming AAPA President
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Historic year for APACVS at AAPA 2018 Conference
David J. Bunnell, MSHS, PA-C, APACVS VP

The fact that PAs in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery are natural leaders was on full display at the AAPA 2018 Conference in New Orleans. Former APACVS President Jonathan Sobel received the AAPA President’s gavel from Immediate Past AAPA President Gail Curtiss to start his term. President Sobel is the first APACVS member to rise to this office. His President’s Address to the House of Delegates has been posted on our Facebook page.

It is one of the great honors of my career to be your Chief Delegate to the House of Delegates so that your concerns are represented. This annual event is where leaders from around the PA universe gather to discuss and form consensus on pressing issues in our profession. The House voted to ask the AAPA Board of Directors to engage a research firm on the task of exploring a new title for the profession and to consider implications of the change. There was spirited debate on the Optimal Team Practice initiative that was passed last year that did not result in any changes to the policy. The Ethics paper was reviewed and updated as a part of the five-year policy review. There was also a fascinating debate on the future of online primary PA education that was referred to a committee for further evaluation that will return suggestions to next year’s House.

I concluded my two-year term as Chair of the AAPA Research and Strategic Initiatives Commission that was notable for participation on the Optimal Team Practice Task Force, review and update of the AAPA Research Agenda, and updating the AAPA Ethics paper. I will continue as one of the AAPA Representatives to the PA Education Association Optimal Team Practice Task Force that is considering how this policy might effect PA education.

APACVS is dedicated to identifying and developing leaders. It starts by stepping forward to volunteer for a committee to begin to contribute to the profession. If you want to advance your career and to develop the skills necessary to make our profession stronger then contact our national office to learn how.



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