More than 7000 PAs and students took advantage of workshops, seminars, networking opportunities, and CME at the 2019 American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Annual Meeting, held May 18-22 in Denver, Colorado.
An official title change investigation has been implemented by the AAPA, which includes reviewing the scope of the physician assistant role as well as identifying a more dynamic title for the profession.
Incorporating antiobesity medications in conjunction with optimizing nutrition and participating in physical activity may prevent further weight gain, promote greater weight loss, and enhance quality of life.
Clinicians should assess the amount of patients’ participation in daily physical exercise, especially in those at risk for diabetes.
The ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes should be used in clinical practice to manage patients at risk of developing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
Service learning in the form of community-based projects, combined with interprofessional education, may provide a solution to PA students’ lack of preparation in collaborating with interprofessional teams.
Gender, race, and ethnicity may influence both stress and sense of belonging in physician assistant programs.
Following integration of a robust OUD training curriculum, PA students demonstrated improved confidence in their ability to evaulate possible OUD in their patients with complaints of chronic pain.
Pediatric patients with suspected bowel and bladder dysfunction may not need specialty intervention if they receive appropriate treatment in primary care.
Results from a survey deployed by the AAPA found that more PA students are willing to receive proper education and training on the signs of autism spectrum disorder.