The AAPA held its third Town Hall Meeting on June 3rd, 2018. Members were able to call in via GoToWebinar. Speaker Recruitment Subcommittee Chair Emily Loter was the moderator once again, and the presenters were BOT Legislative Adjunct Liz Rizzo, BOT ASCP Adjunct Mike Sovocool, New York State Licensure Committee Member Charlie Fernandez-Perez, Board of Trustees Chair John Eckman, and Board Member Dennis Strenk. The meeting was organized by Ryan Schniederjan, Board Member and Technical Support, and Michelle Sok, Executive Director. The topic this time was Licensure and the Future of the PA Profession. A survey was put together by Board Member Lindsay McCarley, and this was sent to the membership via SurveyMonkey, to gauge interest in licensure. Over 500 members participated, with quite a wide range of opinions on the topic. Many great questions were asked by the membership, which were incorporated into the Town Hall.
Liz began the presentation by reviewing the differences between certification, credentialing, and licensure. John presented the AAPA's position on licensure, and the reasoning for it: when done correctly, state licensure provides a legal credential for only qualified individuals to practice within our scope. Minimum competency is demonstrated by passage of the ASCP certification exam and participation in a certification maintenance program. Liz commented on how national licensure is not an option, and discussed which states currently have PA licensure (NV, NY, and WV), along with the pathway to licensure in each of those states. Dennis explained the vision of the AAPA for state licensure going forward, including using our current ASCP CMP program in place of a renewal exam. Mike and Charlie discussed the history of PA licensure in New York, some of the hurdles that have been encountered so far, and some recommendations for improving the process.
Then it was time for questions. There were many great questions from the attendees, some of which focused on New York. Finally, Liz gave a summary of PA licensure, and reiterated the point that the best way to influence the process is to get involved early. So if members hear about licensure of PAs in their state, we urge them to contact the AAPA. We are also working on developing a Licensure Kit, drawing from our experience of a few states requiring licensure now, to aid in dos and don’ts when pursuing licensure in future states.
We would love to hear from you on this subject! Please use this link to view the Town Hall replay, and continue the conversation on the new Licensure forum on our website. Your input is very important to the AAPA.