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|2018 Special Election Candidates|
2018 Special Election
We are pleased to announce that Chris Merchant, PA-C has won the special election and is now the Northwest Regional Director for PAOS. Thank you to all the candidates.
Chris Merchant, PA-C
As a practicing Physician Assistant in orthopedic surgery for the past 19 years, I have witnessed the ever-present changes in the way we practice as Physician Assistants. From the changes in documentation, to autonomy, and to the constant increased demands from insurance companies, our profession continues to evolve. At this point in my career, I find myself wanting to become more involved with the Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants, to be a voice for the positive evolution of our profession.
Physician Assistant involvement is crucial when it comes to discussing our roles in the healthcare system. Direct communication with Physicians, hospital administrators, and insurance companies helps facilitate correct understanding of the benefits and value of the Physician Assistant profession. Though I strongly encourage every Physician Assistant to be their own voice individually, a strong, supportive professional organization like PAOS and AAPA helps make that voice stronger. I highly encourage all Physician Assistants to become members of the AAPA as well as their specialty association.
I will do my best to advocate for those Physician Assistants who work in the field of Orthopedics as well as all Physician Assistants. I ask for your support in my effort to serve as the Northwest Region Director for the Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery.