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About the growth of the PA profession in South Carolina?

  • The Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning in South Carolina estimates a 40% grown in employment for PAs between 2008 and 2018.
  • Currently, the Medical University of South Carolina offers the only PA program in the state of South Carolina. Two new PA programs, both offering Master’s degrees, are expected to launch in South Carolina within the next 3 years.
  • Francis Marion University will offer a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies beginning in August 2016. The program expects to graduate 25-30 students each year.
  • North Greenville University, partnered with Greenville Health System, expects to launch a Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant program in January 2017. The program plans to begin with 32 students.
  • According to the 2014 South Carolina Health Professions Data Book, approximately 25% of PAs in South Carolina have primary practice sites in Charleston County. With the addition of PA programs in the Upstate and Pee Dee areas, more South Carolina patients can benefit from the care provided by PAs.

 

About SCAPA’s ASPIRE Program?

  • The ASPIRE Program is designed for students interested in becoming PAs and there are 171 current members. 
  • In 2014, SCAPA added an ASPIRE Committee to manage this growing program.
  • The ASPIRE Committee is organizing quarterly lectures and panel discussions.
  • During the recent SCAPA CME Conference, the ASPIRE Committee presented a panel discussion titled 'Becoming a PA' to over 30 aspiring PAs.
  • Quarterly emails are sent to members advising them of timely preparations for the PA school application process.

 

PA Week is October 6-12!

  • SCAPA encourages you to promote PA Week within your healthcare organization.
  • Easy ideas for participation:
  • Post about PAs and PA Week on social media.
  • Display a poster in your office, hospital or other workspace.
  • Provide educational materials to your patients.

 

Hydrocodone combination products will become Schedule II on October 6, 2014?

  • These medications will require a written prescription every 30 days with no refills allowed.
  • In 2013, the South Carolina Physician Assistant Practice Act was revised to allow PAs to prescribe Schedule II medications.
    • PAs may write a prescription for continuation of a Schedule II medication previously written by a Physician, as long as strength, instructions and number dispensed remain unchanged.
    • New prescriptions are limited to a 3 day supply.
    • One dose of a Schedule II parenteral medication can be ordered in a 24 hour period.
  • For detailed information on obtaining Schedule II Prescriptive Authority visit our website at http://www.scapapartners.org/?page=CIIPrescriptions 
  • To read the AAPA's response to the DEA's decision to reclassify hydrocodone combination products, visit http://www.aapa.org/twocolumn.aspx?id=3147&utm_content=08252014_story4_link1

About the Recovering Professional Program?
  • As licensees of the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, Physician Assistants are eligible for assistance in addiction therapy through Recovering Professional Program (RPP).
  • Self-referrals to RPP are confidential and not reported to Board of Medical Examiners.
  • Resources are available 24 hours a day by calling 1-877-349-2094.
  • SCAPA appoints a representative to serve on the Physicians Advocacy & Assistance Committee, a committee of the South Carolina Medical Association tasked with ensuring resources are available to professionals seeking assistance with addiction recovery. 
  • See the PA Recovery Program section of our website under Resources for more information.  
 
About Our Member Discounts?
  • 10% off PANCE/PANRE 3 day review course registration through Certified Medical Educators.
  • 5% premium discount on professional liability insurance through Coverys.
  • Free legal consultation and reduced fees from regional law firms.
  • Discounted scrubs and professional coats through Medelita.
  • Look for details of these great services & products coming soon to the ‘Members Only’ section of our website.
  • We are continually looking for discounts to offer SCAPA members.
 
How SCAPA spends your Membership Dues?
  • 54% of your dues support the annual CME conference, which brings in nearly 80% of SCAPA’s annual operating budget.
  • We are privileged to have an outstanding Executive Director, Janet Jordan, and approximately 16% of your dues allow us to sustain her leadership of our organization.
  • Over 12% of your membership dues go directly to support our legislative efforts.
  • The remaining 18% sustain programs including public education, diversity, professional wellness and physician assistant reimbursement efforts.  
 
About the Career Center?
  • As a SCAPA member, you have access to the Career Center where you can search for jobs in South Carolina, or across the country.
  • Between October and December, nearly 50 jobs were posted through the Career Center.
  • You can post your resume at no charge for review by employers.
  • If your current employer is looking to advertise a PA job, encourage them to visit the SCAPA website to promote the position.
 
About Our Annual CME Conference...
  • Last year, 388 Physician Assistants and supporters from 27 states attended the SCAPA CME Conference at Wild Dunes in Charleston, SC.
  • Registration for the SCAPA CME Conference is online! Click here for more information: CME Income from the Annual CME Conference helps support SCAPA projects for the entire year.
  • SCAPA Members save the cost of their membership dues when registering for the CME Conference.
 

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