AAPA Preventive Care

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The AAPA Preventive Care Network is open to PAs, in Primary Care, only in California.


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Specialist Mentor: Michael DeRosa-PA-C, MPH, MPA, PhD
Chair-Physician Assistant Department, Samuel Merrit University
Family Medicine-Bayside Medical Group

Clinic Session: Every other Wednesday from October 9, 2013-July 2, 2014

Putting Prevention Into Practice
An exciting opportunity for Primary Care PAs in California

You are part of a profession that has the opportunity to make a huge difference in patient health outcomes. There are exciting changes in the delivery of preventive medicine being implemented due to the patient protection and affordable care act, and as a PA in primary care, your role on the healthcare team is vital.  We invite you to join a group of PAs in California for a professional development opportunity to become an expert in preventive medicine practice and a leader in quality improvement around disease prevention guidelines.  Using the Project ECHO L. A.™ video conferencing platform (described below), you would take part in a series of discussions with an expert panel of PAs, practice facilitators and reimbursement specialists regarding preventive services recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The live web-based discussions will take place on Wednesdays at 12:30-1:30pm PST, beginning on October 9, 2013.

This professional development opportunity is supported by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) through the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and is eligible for category 1 CME credit.  There are no registration fees. We simply ask that you commit to joining in the conversation and attend the entire series of sessions occurring every other Wednesday from 12:30-1:30pm for a twelve-month time period beginning on October 9th 2013.

AAPA is working on this grant project in partnership with LA Net, a community health research and resource network based in Southern California.  In addition to community health and patient-centered research, LA Net provides training and quality improvement support to primary care practices.  To that end, LA Net has many years of experience in conducting training and professional development via Project ECHO L.A.™  ECHO, (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an innovative health care program that uses state-of-the-art technology, which was originally designed to expand access to specialty health care in rural and medically underserved communities. This is the first time that ECHO will be deployed as a way to disseminate research and best practices in prevention medicine, and training in quality improvement to a group of healthcare providers. This opportunity is currently only available to PAs in the state of California.

Please share this opportunity with your supervising physician and/or administration to verify that you can carve out the appropriate time in your schedule to attend.  Only PAs can register for the ECHO sessions, but anyone on your healthcare team is welcome to listen in.

If you have any questions regarding this AAPA program please contact Mike Saxton, MEd, FACME, CCMEP, and prinicipal investigator for this project, at msaxton@aapa.org

If you have questions regarding registration submission, case submission or the Project ECHO L.A.™ platform, format or technology questions, please contact Project Manager Karen Calechman at karen.calechman@lanetpbrn.net or 562-434-2000.

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