PGA tour stops here-the Valero Texas Open
Lazy river, water slides, fun!!
Greetings! I wanted to write a quick blog entry while I am in between patients. I am so excited to go to this meeting! It is such a beautiful place and a fun and relaxing time. I also looked at the website for the Marriott; the current rack rate is $479 a night. How much for PAOS attendees in our block? $189. You just can't beat this price for this type of luxury accommodation. Hurry and make your reservations now before we sell out! I see many of you agree as we are rapidly filling reservations. Don't delay, get your spot now!
I also looked at the list of speakers today, reviewed the workshops, and I tell you, it doesn't get much better than this! Check out these mini sessions and workshops: A PA primer for new PAs, Topics for PAs in administrative roles, Topics for PAs in education, Fracture description from pediatrics to pathologic, fracture fixation (basic and advanced), MSK ultrasound, casting and splinting, graft preparation, wet labs (cadaver practice) hip and knee arthroplasty, bone health, coding and billing, MSK exam (upper and lower extremity). Folks, you won't get this level of education at any other meeting. If you are looking for the knowledge, AND hands-on practice and skills you need to be an effective APP in orthopedics, this is it. I didn't even go over the course syllabus-fracture management, arthroplasty, foot and ankle topics, spine talks, sports med, shoulder, knee, hand and wrist. There will be reimbursement talks, networking, poster presentations of PA research, and more! We will have a variety of most everything! I'm sure some think I am over promoting this, but you really have to go to one of these meetings! I can't help but get excited thinking about it!!
OK, what else is new (other than San Antonio). Well, the LMS is fully functional. Even if you don't need any more CME, please go check it out and let us know what you think. Go to the PAOS home page, login, and click on the CME link in the title bar and follow the learning center. If you need some CME, there are both self assessment exams and AV recordings that you can buy (discounted for PAOS members). If you want to refresh/update your knowledge on various topics, there are over 50 videos (that was my last count, I think more than that now) that are FREE to watch for PAOS members!! These are recordings from prior meetings that are no longer valid for category 1 CME, but are still valuable resources for your knowledge and reference. AND you can count the time spent as category 2. Guys, this member benefit alone is more than worth the cost of PAOS membership! You just can't beat this deal!
I am happy to announce our scholarship committee is working diligently on the applications we received this year. I think we received over 60...I am going to suggest to our BOD and the SLM BOD that we further this effort! Thanks to Krista Bartlett, every PAP in the US has been contacted and is aware of our awards. We also have close to 200 PA student members as a result! Now that is something! As always, we will be raffling an iPad in San Antonio with 100% of proceeds going to the SLM fund. Your generosity helps us maintain this program and helps our future colleagues come along. Thank you all in advance who help to make this happen.
I am working hard to get San Antonio charity clinics to attend our complimentary MSK injection workshop in August. I've written extensively on PAOS CARES, our outreach program-see prior blog posts. I hope we have a successful turnout-if you are interested in doing workshops in your community please contact Elizabeth Darr, Chris Merchant or myself and we will help you put it together.
Steven Kelham and Randy Pape (SE and SC regional directors) did not run for office this year. We wish them farewell and good luck in whatever path life takes them, and we appreciate their service to PAOS. We also welcome Josh Porter who will be taking Steven's place as SE regional director. And since we are in the south central neck of the woods in a couple of months, let us know if you are interested in the SC regional director position. I do not want to leave this position vacant. Come by the registration desk and let us know if you are interested-I think we will have a special election.
Well that's all I've got for now. I hope you can come to San Antonio and join us! It is going to be awesome!