From the President
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
First and foremost, thank you for your NJSSPA membership. As an organization we are only as strong as our members, and our collective voice is louder because of physician assistants and PA supporters like you.
The past year saw some significant developments for PAs in our state. Here are a few highlights:
- With the help of NJSSPA leadership, PAs at a major hospital system successfully fought against an administrative board that sought to limit PA scope of practice in the emergency department.
- Physician assistants were included in a number of legislative bills, including an important law that requires cardiac screening for student athletes.
- Lead by PA and NJSSPA Past President Whitney Gaydos, the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Cardiology held an unprecedented inter-professional conference at their annual meeting. This event, titled "Collaborate for Quality: Dynamics of the Modern Healthcare Team in an Era of Reform", celebrated the contributions of physician assistants to the healthcare team.
We are excited for the successes this new term will bring, none more so than the modernization of our practice act. NJSSPA recently introduced Bill S2678 and A4026 to the state legislature. This legislation will revise the New Jersey Physician Assistant Licensing Act, bringing our state to the forefront of modern PA practice. The bill will remove barriers to the utilization of PAs, strengthen the PA-physician team and improve the practice of every PA in New Jersey. We have an unprecedented opportunity to create an optimal practice environment for physician assistants. You will receive updates and additional information as we move through the legislative process. The time will soon come for each and every NJSSPA member to show their support. Stay tuned...
Whether it's through the passing of legislation, meeting with physician organizations, consulting with hospital administrators or participating in conferences, NJSSPA leaders are proud to represent you. Every member of our Board of Directors is a physician assistant. We are volunteers, and we are here to serve the profession and to serve you, our members. NJSSPA is not a regulatory body. We are not a committee of policy-makers. We are not beholden to the causes of other professions. We are advocates. NJSSPA was founded by PAs, for PAs. This society represents over 3,000 physician assistants across New Jersey and we are growing ever stronger. Together we stand, one voice, one cause: to advance the physician assistant profession.
We are NJSSPA.
Ryan D. White, MS, PA-C, MPH
New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants