Join your colleagues on Thursday morning from 9:30-11:00am for the specialty discussion groups.  Topics this year include:

Article Writing & Mentorship 
With this discussion group we hope to show the benefits of writing articles and/or being a mentor.  We would like to discuss the role of a mentor, how to seek one, and the rewards of providing mentorship.  Regarding article writing, we would like to discuss how to choose a topic, and find out what topics might interest our members. We also will discuss the various steps involved in writing and submitting an article, and provide contact information of people who could help with questions.

As a PA often times we are thrust into a managerial-leadership role within the laboratory.  This may be by choice or as continued pressure from healthcare reimbursements due to limited staffing.  Management-leadership like health care continues to evolve with ever-increasing demands yet at the heart the key concepts are ever-present.  How does a leader face the day-to-day pressures, all while maintaining the quality of the services that are required for pathology diagnostics? This can only be accomplished by acquiring the right skills and surrounding yourself with high performers that excel as a collective team.

The scope of practice of PAs has expanded significantly over the past years.  PAs are becoming solely responsible for the gross examination and dissection of anatomic pathology specimens and the performance of postmortem examinations at nearly all academic hospitals, community hospitals, private laboratories, and many other clinical practices.  Instructional and supervisory responsibilities, previously provided by pathologists in the surgical pathology laboratory, have and continue to be transferred to PAs.  With PAs playing an increasingly significant role in surgical pathology, the relationship between PAs and pathology residents has also changed through the years.  This discussion will concentrate on how the relationship between PAs and residents has changed and ways to maintain an effective working relationship with residents.

See the program booklet for location details!


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The AAPA is dedicated to providing comprehensive professional support for pathologists’ assistants. 

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