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Celebrate PA Week 2011

PA Week 2011

PA Week 2011 was a busy week for NJSSPA!

Work began in the weeks before PA week with NJSSPA contacting hospitals to remind them of the essential services provided by PAs. The Governor's office was also contacted to petition for a proclamation recognizing PA Week.

The week itself began with our annual awards dinner and an appearance on the "Today" show. The NJSSPA Diversity took the lead in organizing a variety of service ad CME events at various locations.

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NJSSPA Diverstiy Chair Camille Dyer had the opportunity to speak with AAPA President Robert Wooten

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Dedicated PAs began to gather as early as 4am in order to secure a good location outside of the Today Show set.

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White lab coats and surgical scrubs appeared in force, surrounding some familiar faces on October 6, 2011

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Steve McKenzie of the Government Affairs Committee provided an update to the membership. He described the strategy of NJSSPA's lobbyist and our future plans.

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Michelle McWeeney provided a CME lecture addressing the disparities in healthcare that continue to plague our state and nation. Michelle used her experiences to discuss creative ways of provided care to underserved patients.

NJSSPA Recognizes Award Winners

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Dr. Jeffrey Kaladas is congratulated by Awards Chair Camille Dyer and NJSSPA President Barbara Lopezwas after being recognized as Physican of the Year for his work with PA students.

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Carol Sadley was recognized as the PA Educator of the Year. Carol has long been a fixture at the UMDNJ PA Program and hundreds of students have appreciated her effectiveness as a teacher.

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Megan Stasicky was recognized as Humanitarian PA of the Year. Megan has been a fixture on the board of the NJ PA Foundation and has been instrumental in supporting its philanthropic work.

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Chris Hanifin was recognized as the Outstanding PA of the Year. Chris served several terms as NJSSPA President, as a delegate to the AAPA HOD and continues to volunteer for NJSSPA committes as needed.

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The NJSSPA Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to George "Randy" Moshos. Randy has enjoyed a remarkable career as a trailblazing PA in forensic medicine. His work has led to a number of recalls and safety improvements that most of us take for granted.

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Francesca DiPaola, a third-year student in the Seton Hall PA Program, is congratulated by NJ PA Foundation President Beth Hellstern. Francesca was the recipient of this year's foundation scholarship.

Habitat Run/Walk 2011

For the second year NJSSPA’s Diversity Committeealong with the help of UMDNJ’s PA Program organized team New Jersey Physician Assistants to participate in the Raritan Valley Chapter of Habitat for Humanity 5K Home Run/Walk during PA WEEK.   The event was held at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, NJ on Sunday, Oct. 09 at 10:00am/10:15am respectively.  It is a scenic, flat, and fast USAT&F certified course in a 339 acre park with scenic view of the Raritan River.  According to online donation team New Jersey Physician Assistants raised 1316.53 and was the top fundraising team.  Participants enjoyed a truly beautiful fall day and had an opportunity to spend time with their colleagues.  “RVHH is committed to helping hardworking, low income families in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties build better lives by building their own decent affordable homes.”  Thank you to all who supported our efforts.

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Worlds Apart II CME

NJSSPA’s Diversity Committee presented “World’s Apart II on Tuesday, October 11 at Westhampton Behavioral Center in Westhampton, NJ.  Camille Dyer, Diane Daw and Sunday Laird led an engaging discussion regarding healthcare disparities in New Jersey. Although the meeting is not designed to solve all of our healthcare delivery problems, it provided insight into the experiences of NJ practitioners and provided an opportunity for PAs to become more aware of available resources.

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Pulmonary Hypertension CME

The final event in recognition of PA Week was a CME dinner on “Managing Multiple Medications in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension” held at the Grand Café in Morristown. Dr. Sean Studer from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center provided an in-depth lecture regarding treatment options. NJSSPA President Barbara Lopez reviewed NJSSPAs activites for the year, and she emphasized the need for the support of all NJ PAs as we move forward.

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