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    Welcome from the OSPA President -
    Rachel Stappler, PA-C

    October 14, 2016

    It is truly a privilege and an honor for me to be the President of the Oregon Society of Physician Assistants, the real voice for PAs in Oregon.
     
    This past year has brought us the regular changes and challenges that face nearly every non-profit society. What's different for the OSPA and the PA Profession in general, is that there are some exciting.....correction, REALLY EXCITING things ahead.
     
    Let's take a moment to review the successes of this past year:

    1. We've seen increased access to medication assisted drug treatment with the passing of HB 524;
    2. PAs in Oregon now have fluoroscopy privileges;
    3. Our profession now has a seat on the Oregon medical board, a seat that is ably occupied by OSPA member Melissa Peng.
     
    Now for the future....Oregon's PA profession is in for a wildly successful ride of new opportunities, and new frontiers. Since this is our profession's 50th Anniversary, imagine how the conversation might go between a PA pioneer from 1966 and a new grad from PA school meeting to discuss what PAs can do today, and what we have yet to do.
     
    Many non-profit societies seem to do their best thinking when they review the past. I am proud to say that OSPA wisely uses our experience to build a better future. I cannot be more proud of the leadership team that shares my vision that the very best is yet to come.
     
    For me, I envision being able to practice medicine in Oregon alongside our NP and physician partners. Think about it - an unfettered future of equitable regulations, and the opportunity to provide optimal patient care at our maximum capabilities.

    Rachel Stappler, PA-C
    OSPA President 2015-2017

    Oregon Society of Physician Assistants

    PO Box 55214, Portland, OR 97238
    Ph: 503-650-5864  |  Fax: 360-256-5597

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