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WELCOME TO THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS IN LEGAL MEDICINE (AAPA-LM) WEBSITE.

AAPA-LM is a special interest group within the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and is open to all AAPA members. Through this website and our academy, we hope to offer information, education and resources to our profession, and to the legal and medical communities. See our Mission Statement.

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

APALM PLANS TO PROVIDE TWO PRESENTATIONS AT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN NEW ORLEANS IN 2018, ON  TUESDAY EVENING  5/22:  7-8 pm “MALPRACTICE AVOIDANCE FROM AN EXPERT’S PERSPECTIVE” AND 8-9 pm “BECOMING A PA STANDARD OF CARE EXPERT WITNESS:  HOW TO, TIPS AND ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS”.  DETAILS TO BE PROVIDED. NEITHER ONE IS FOR CME CREDIT.  

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT WE HAVE NOT SENT OUT AN ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER SINCE THE SPRING. IT HAS BEEN A PERENNIAL STRUGGLE TO FIND VOLUNTEERS TO PUT TOGETHER ARTICLES OF INTEREST TO MEMBERS.  THEREFORE, WE ARE NOW LOOKING FOR A MEMBER TO ASSIST AS A “COMMUNICATIONS LIAISON”.  IT IS OUR HOPE TO PROVIDE MORE FREQUENT ARTICLES, AND LINKS TO ARTICLES AND INFORMATION THAT MEMBERS MAY FIND USEFUL IN THE MEDICO-LEGAL ARENA.  WE DO HAVE A BUDGET FOR A MODEST STIPEND FOR THIS WORK.  FOR MORE INFORMATION OR IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, PLEASE EMAIL president@aapalm.org

AAPALM ANNOUNCES A NEW BENEFIT OF A DISCOUNTED MEMBERSHIP IN “LEGAL SHIELD,” A PREPAID ATTORNEY SERVICES PROGRAM.  THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES ACCESS TO AND SERVICES FROM ATTORNEYS IN EVERY LEGAL AREA FROM FAMILY WILLS AND TRUSTS TO INCORPORATION TO MALPRACTICE REPRESENTATION.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE, PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK  www.legalshield.com/info/aapalm

PLEASE LOOK FOR A NEW UPDATED WEBSITE WITHIN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF 2018. AMONG OTHER IMPROVEMENTS, WE WILL HAVE A NEW SECTION DEDICATED TO MONTHLY COMMUNICATIONS, ARTICLES AND LINKS OF INTEREST.

OTHER NEWS…

1) 2017-2019 BOARD MEMBERS FINALIZED

2) WE EXTEND A WELCOME AND INVITATION TO NEW MEMBERS!

3) PRESIDENT NICHOLSON HAS A NEW PUBLICATION

4) UPDATE YOUR DIRECTORY INFORMATION

1)  PLEASE SEE THE Board of Directors PAGE FOR THE LISTING AND CONTACT INFORMATION FOR 2017-2019 BOARD MEMBERS.  Nicole Gentry and Tracy Libertore have joined us as directors at largeThere is still a vacancy left for a student board member. Please email contactaapalm@aapalm.org if interested.  We welcome new board members.

2)  IF YOU ARE VISITING US FOR THE FIRST TIME DUE TO THE EMAIL YOU RECEIVED… We are very happy to have you join us as a Fellow member.  Your $50 annual membership dues provides access to quarterly newsletters, education and educational materials and lectures on PA scope or practice standards and research on PA malpractice, camaraderie with the most well-informed PAs in the country on medical -legal issues and the opportunity to be contacted and listed as an expert witness to testify on PA standards of care.  Please see our mission statement for more information and the membership sign up page.

3) PRESIDENT JEFF NICHOLSON, PhD, PA-C, HAS A NEW RESEARCH ARTICLE PUBLISHED. In the July 30, 2016, issue of Medical Care Research and Review, Jeff Nicholson along with PA Researcher emeritus Rod Hooker and Douglas Brock have new research comparing the malpractice incidence and medical board disciplinary actions of PAs to that of physicians and nurse practitioners over the past ten years.  This update’s Nicholson’s published landmark dissertation study (2009) comparing the same during the first 17 years of the National Practitioner Data Bank from 1990-2007. Both study’s indicate that PAs and NPs are sued and disciplined much less frequently than our physician colleagues. CLICK HERE FOR NEW STUDY: Brock-Nicholson-Hooker Malpractice Trends  CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL 2009 LANDMARK STUDY: Nicholson – Hooker 2009 Article  These articles have also been added to the Resources section of this website.

4) WHEN MEMBERS LOGIN, THEY WILL SEE THEIR BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC  INFORMATION. PLEASE UPDATE AS NEEDED. ALSO PLEASE  COMPLETE YOUR MEMBER PROFILE FOR THE PA EXPERT DIRECTORY: GO TO  THE TOP RIGHT MENU AND CHOOSE : “INPUT MEMBER PROFILE”  THESE ARE TWO DIFFERENT ITEMS.

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Ongoing Initiatives

The AAPALM board discussed and adopted a number of initiatives and priorities for the organizational year. Members please get involved and help with these. Promote...