Hello fellow IAPA PAs!
This is my first official message, and I cannot tell you how excited I am to share with you some of the items that your Board has been working on. It is an honor to serve you, and help to improve the PA practice in Indiana. I want to first start by thanking immediate past-president Chris Roman for his service and leadership to IAPA the last few years – I wish I could share everything that he has done behind the scenes working on behalf of all the PAs in Indiana!
Our primary strategic goal is to focus on improving the membership experience. Membership is crucial to IAPA as it enables us to employ a lobbyist to help advance PAs’ interests at the Indiana Statehouse, and to run this organization that supports your profession. The number of members provides credibility when we try to pass PA practice bills within the Indiana legislature. In 2019 the board proposed and approved changes to the membership levels, the four membership levels are: Fellow member, Associate member, Student member and Premiere Corporate member.
Fellow members are those individuals who are certified physician assistants. A Fellow member MUST be a member of AAPA to hold formal office. Associate members include all of the following: a) any physician assistant who is not certified or licensed, b) all other healthcare professionals who have, at a minimum, a certification within their field. Associate members are not entitled to vote or hold office. Student members are persons enrolled in a program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Physician Assistants (ARC-PA). The Premiere Corporate membership is for organizations that wish to support IAPA's mission.
IAPA is proud of all of Indiana’s PA Programs (Butler, St. Francis, Indiana, Indiana State, Evansville, Valparaiso, Franklin, Trine). With this growth in programs, we are working on creating a student association for IAPA (Student Society of IAPA – SIAPA). Information will be shared with the programs soon.
Thank you to all IAPA members – without you this organization would not exist. We appreciate your passion for patient care. Please share any suggestions, comments or interest in service opportunities.
Thomas Meehan, PhD, PA-C