Welcome from the OSPA President -
Dear OSPA members. It is an honor to serve as President of OSPA and certainly a privilege to work with the many OSPA members on the board, committees, lobbyists, advisory committee and our new association managers. I sincerely appreciate our members who make OSPA possible. The only reason our profession has been able to advance and grow as it has since 1965 is because of the skill and dedication of PAs and because of the commitment to supporting your professional association of dedicated volunteers who have worked to protect and advance our profession over these years.
I know some of you are tired of hearing about Oregon PA Modernization. Please humor me for a paragraph. Today we are working on some of the most important legislation in the history of our profession, because it can directly affect our utility to employers and therefore our ability to care for our patients. More than many realize, we are standing on the edge with paradigm shifting legislating. Prior to running for OSPA president, I was one of the key proponents and active debaters in passing Oregon PA Modernization at the AAPA House of Delegates. Once passed, the responsibility of implementing Oregon PA Modernization fell to the individual states. Although there are many reasons, I ran for OSPA president, seeing the passage of Oregon PA Modernization in Oregon was the main reason. With your support, we will see Oregon PA Modernization pass. We will then work on other important bills including improvements to workers comp, fluoroscopy and other issues OSPA is monitoring.
That said, many other things are happening around and behind the scenes with OSPA. You may have heard we are moving to Seaside in 2020. Many have asked why? Just as we previously outgrew Newport, we have unfortunately outgrown Salishan. OSPA has been working on and visiting alternate sites for the past year including Bend and Portland in addition to Seaside. Why was Seaside chosen? Some reasons include a newly remodeled convention center which can accommodate over 1,500 attendees. A surplus of hotel accommodations, dinning and recreational activities within a short walking distance including many family activities such as an arcade, amusement rides, aquarium, paddle boats, kayak rentals and many other activities. Please note we have moved the conference date up to the second week in September to better accommodate the outdoor activities and yes, for the hunters out there, it also avoids the hunting season excuse.
As we move to the end of Fall and the onset of Winter OSPA will also be working to expand committees, improve communication with members, address concerns of specialty PAs, students and early career PAs. We will be working to improve regional chapter activities and OSPA’s value to its members. Of the utmost importance, although not generally seen by the individual members of OSPA, we will continue to work with lawmakers in Salem and in all other Oregon state offices on issues affecting PAs to protect and advance our ability to practice and care for our patients. Thank you for supporting us and for making OSPA possible.
Ben D. Johnson PA-C, President OSPA
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The mission of the Society is to promote quality, cost effective, and accessible health care; to support the professional and personal development of physician assistants; and to advance the PA profession as well as the PA/MD team approach to health care.
This society shall be representative of Physician Assistants within the State of Oregon. The Society is organized and shall be operated exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, to improve access of care, and advance the Physician Assistant profession. In furtherance of these purposes the Society shall, through appropriate mechanisms, strive to assure the public of a uniform entry level and continued competency of Physician Assistants. To represent Physician Assistants and Physician Assistant students so as to maximize the benefit of their services to the public, the Society shall:
Encourage its membership to render quality service to the health professions and to the public;
Assist in the development of role definition for the Physician Assistant;
Assist with the coordination and standardization of curricula for the Physician Assistant;
Participate in the accreditation of Physician Assistant programs;
Participate in the development of criteria leading to certification of the Physician Assistant;
Develop, coordinate, and participate in studies having an impact either directly or indirectly on the Physician Assistant profession;
Serve as a public information center with respect to its members, healthy professions, and the public; and
Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, the Society shall exercise its powers, rights, and privileges, whether conferred by this instrument, or by the laws of the State of Oregon or otherwise, in furtherance of its educational and scientific purposes, and other goals.