The AAPA held its second Town Hall Meeting on March 13th, 2018 at the Spring Meeting in Portland, Oregon. Members who were not at the Spring Meeting were able to call in via GoToWebinar. Speaker Recruitment Subcommittee Chair Emily Loter was the moderator once again, and the presenters were Board of Trustees Chair John Eckman, and Board Member Beth Obertino-Norwood. The meeting was organized by Ryan Schniederjan, Technical Support, and Michelle Sok, Executive Director. The topic this time was the upcoming ASCP BOC Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) requirement changes for PAs.
The presentation began with some background on why this decision was made, and how the ASCP had a role in it. This included a comparison of CE requirements between PAs and other similar level medical practitioners. Following that was an in-depth discussion of the changes, including how and when they would affect AAPA members. Beth and John then gave a few examples of how the process would work, using their own certification renewal cycles, and that of new student graduates in 2018 and 2019. These examples were illustrated with the accompanying slideshow. They also described how the AAPA would provide the additional credits to members which would fulfill these new requirements.
Then it was time for questions. Several questions had been previously submitted, and these were answered first. Several more questions were asked by the live audience in Portland. Many of the questions focused on the advanced cancer credits, and how the AAPA would provide them. During the session, all attendees present for the Town Hall at the Spring Meeting responded by a show of hands that they were in agreement with the increase in credits from 45 to 60 to maintain ASCP certification.