2019 already? Well I guess I should say that at the beginning of the month as January is going by so fast. It seems the older I get, the faster the times rolls by, the more gray shows up, the more I look forward to the weekend...
But those are subjects for another time. The main subject of this post is membership. I am proud to inform you that we have reached a significant milestone and one that I have been looking forward to for some time. We are over 2000 active members strong! I am so happy about this and I want to thank each and every one of you for your loyalty and belief in PAOS and helping to support our mission.
Last fall in Nashville it was my privilege to meet the founder of the PAOS, Joe Lindahl. For those that don't know, our student scholarships are named after his wife, Susan. When I first saw him walking down the registration hall, he had a look of incredulity on his face, checking out all of the displays, reading the research papers, and taking in the size of the audience in the main lecture hall. Later, when I had a chance to meet and talk with him, he kept telling me how incredible it was-the growth of our organization. It is pretty impressive when you think of it. Imagine a handful of orthopedic PAs who wanted to form a dedicated constituent organization so many years ago and comparing it to where we are now.
Anyway, I want to thank you all for supporting us. We couldn't be where we are and doing what we are doing without you!
Our student membership segment is also growing well, and that is an awesome thing! I have to mention one of our BOD here, as she has been working diligently at contacting PA programs across the nation to let them know about us and our scholarships. Krista Bartlett, our SW regional director deserves the credit for this. Thank you Krista. This has been something I have wanted to do since being elected. I want to engage students who are interested in orthopedics before graduation so they know about us and our offerings. This is where the future of our profession/organization lies and is why we need to cultivate a relationship in the early stages. We are working on student BOD positions and should have these going soon.
Conferences: In addition to the member update of 2019 members for 2019 (seriously, that was the count a few minutes ago), we are sold out for Arizona. Way to go everyone involved! Charlotte is also going to be a great meeting - orthopedic trauma for general orthopedics. Registration for that will open the first of February, so make sure you sign up as we expect it to sell out-that has been the ongoing theme for the last several meetings. We will be in a different hotel than the last couple of years in a more lively area in Charlotte. It will be a great meeting! And I am told that the speaker lineup for San Antonio this fall is already taking shape. Can't wait to revisit the river walk. And the floating river, floating on a tube with a pina colada in hand. And championship level golf courses right outside the hotel...paradise! Plan your trip now and bring the family for a nice vacation-its a great way to get your cme and relax at the same time! Whatever meeting works for your schedule, make your plans now to come get some quality cme that is way more relevant to your practice than anything else out there. And that is not just blowing smoke, it is the truth! I think that's another reason why our membership is growing so well.
LMS: We are plugging along with this. I am hoping to have it up and running in the next couple of weeks. I know I have been talking about this for awhile, but it is going to be a nice benefit for you once we get it going. Not only will there be a more user friendly way to do your online cme, we are also going to develop a library of 'old' AV recordings. You won't be able to use these for category 1, but they will count as category 2. And only PAOS members will be able to access this. For those who ask "what else do you get for being a member"? How about unlimited access to all of our 'expired' AV recordings for reference and category 2? Now that is another reason to sign up!
Salary survey: The annual practice and salary survey is now online for members. Check it out to see where you compare to colleagues across the nation, your region, or even your state. Thank you to all who participated in this survey, you make it more meaningful to all of us.
I could go on, but that is enough for now. You all take care and stay warm-spring is just around the corner!
Sam Dyer, PA-C, MHS