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Thanks for Making This a Great PA Week!

As we close out PA Week I wanted to take a moment to tell you what KAPA plans to do in the upcoming year. Our focus continues to be serving our members. We know this starts with legislation. As Government Affairs Committee Chair Isaac Caton laid out for you on Tuesday, we have been working hard this summer to lay the groundwork for another successful legislative session. We are working on one key element a year and this year's focus is on the co-signature requirement. We are very pleased to have two lobbyists, Jamie Bloyd and Bob Babbage, who are working hard on our behalf year-round.

As I am sure you can imagine, this legislative effort is expensive. To raise more funds for this year's legislation, KAPA is having a raffle. For $10 per ticket you will be entered to win a free registration to the KAPA 2014 Annual CME Symposium. The winner will be announced (you do not have to be present to win) at the CME meeting on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Click here to buy a $10 ticket and support our legislative efforts.

Our legislative efforts also will not be successful without your membership. Therefore, our second focus is increasing membership because without physician assistants one by one standing up and being at the table regarding health care issues, we will never make any progress.

Lastly, we want to provide our members with more services so we are improving our CME opportunities, job opportunities and PA shadowing. Our yearly CME continues to be a success. We have listened to past recommendations and we are working hard to improve the event each year. This year's Annual CME Symposium will be Oct. 24-27 and attendees can earn up to 30.5 CME credits.

We know that there is not a central place to find job listings for PAs in Kentucky so we are working to upgrade our job page on the KAPA website. We will actively seek out job opportunities to make the KAPA website the central resource for PA jobs in the future.

Also, many of you allow pre-PA students shadow you and we have heard from the students and the PAs that this can be a confusing process. If you are a PAs who is interested in shadowing pre-PA students, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! We are formulating a list (not giving out your information) and as pre-PA student join KAPA, we will link them up with you to plan a shadowing day. We hope this will help prevent the PAs from being bombarded with students and also encourages more students to consider our profession.

We continue to appreciate your suggestions and feedback, so feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Thanks for making this a great PA Week!

Virginia L. Valentin, MCMS, PA-C
President of the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants