Tracy Keizer, PA-C : St Paul
Happy New Year, I hope you all had a safe and delightful holiday season. While I am not one to make a New Year’s resolution, many people make them every year. New Year's resolutions are fun to make, but they are extremely difficult to maintain. Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half are still on target six months later. It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you've swept up the confetti, but it's not impossible.
This year, the MN Academy of Physician Assistants is making New Year’s resolutions as well. We are committed to improving our recognition with insurance payors, the public and other organizations. We are committed to increasing participation among MAPA members, MAPA committee and board members. And, last but not least, MAPA is focused on to connecting with our growing number of Physician Assistant students.
The MAPA Board annual winter strategic planning meeting is scheduled for January 11 and 12 and we plan to reassess our goals and address the challenges we have ahead. We plan to discuss how we can better serve and motivate our members. We are interested in seeking advice from, and reaching out to, our MN PA colleagues who serve in specific specialties. And an important conversation the MAPA board needs to begin is our response to questions regarding the future of PAs in MN and questions regarding independent practice. We have our work cut out for us. Stay tuned to see how this winter’s strategic planning will change MAPA’s goals for 2013.
If you haven't made a New Year’s resolution yet and would like a new challenge for the New Year, I encourage you to seek out a new adventure and get involved in MAPA. Here are 3 great options to get started.
- Join us February 6 for PA day on the Hill in St Paul.
- Help with the student Challenge Bowl in Spring CME in March
- Get involved with a MAPA committee. Check out the PA Interest form on the MAPA website http://www.mnacadpa.org/pa-interestparticipation-form
I’m excited to work with you as we meet our New Year’s resolutions together. Thank you for all of your support. Have a great 2013!