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  • 1.  Newsletter To the Physician Assistants of AAHIVM

    Posted 04-26-2021 08:19

    On behalf of the Physician Assistant committee, I hope this message finds you and yours happy, healthy and vaccinated! It is a goal of mine that we on the committee keep you informed quarterly on our progress and successes within the PA Community of AAHIVM.

    I would like to start with successes! I would like to recognize our newest first-time credentialed Academy HIV Specialist PAs who passed the January-February 2021 credentialing exam.


    Paige Anderson, PA-C, AAHIVS – Berkeley, CA

    Mary Brady, PA-C, AAHIVS – Phoenix, AZ

    Christina Burke, PA-C, AAHIVS – Bradenton, FL

    Sean Flynn, PA-C, AAHIVS – Pasadena, CA

    Jared Hassell, PA-C, AAHIVS – Philadelphia PA

    Elizabeth Anne Horvath, PA-C, AAHIVS – Houston, TX

    Vincent Macino, PA-C, AAHIVS San Francisco, CA

    Hope McGratty, PA-C, AAHIVS – Anchorage, AK

    Tyshan Austin Oates, PA-C, AAHIVS – Pembroke Pines, FL

    Martha Patricia Rodriguez, PA-C, AAHIVS – Harlingen, TX

    Jona Tanguay, PA-C, AAHIVS – Washington DC


    Once again, I was shocked to see how many new first-time credentialed PAs were added to our ever-growing community, which is currently 182 credentialed PAs! This is not an easy task with the busy work and personal lives we all lead, so congratulations to you all! This time, I have included their locations! Personally, it was great to see a PA in the Philadelphia area that I hadn't met yet who is doing HIV care. I quickly went on LinkedIn and sent Jared a message to say hi and welcome. I encourage you all to reach out if you see a name from your area so we can continue to network, share ideas, and work together.


    If you are not credentialed yet, but are now starting to get jealous of the newsletter shout-outs or feel this is your time to become an HIV Specialist™, don't know where to start or just need some mentoring through the process, I encourage you to join the Academy Mentoring Program. Your PA colleagues are here for you as mentors through a one-on-one relationship to provide a customized learning experience and help you feel more confident taking the credentialing exam.


    If you are already an HIV Specialist, be on the lookout for an invitation to an upcoming meet and greet in June 2021 to discuss a new preceptorship program developed by the PA Committee. We need all of you to help continue the legacy of PAs in healthcare so we can continue advancing the goal we have had since the beginning of the HIV epidemic: end it.


    Thank you all for your dedication and the work you do every day. As I said in my previous newsletter, please feel free to reach out to me via email, social media or through the Academy Exchange if you have ideas on what the committee can be doing, how the Academy can best serve you, or just to say hello!


    And, as I sign off, I'll share the Academy is currently conducting a membership campaign and is offering a 50% discount off the price of annual membership dues. If you aren't yet an Academy member, or your membership has recently lapsed, now is a great time to join or renew. Use promo code MYWHY at check-out when purchasing membership on Regularly $200, annual dues cost only $100 with the MYWHY promo code. If you are currently a member, you can use the MYWHY promo code to extend your membership by a year at the discounted rate. Membership support is foundational to all the education, advocacy, and professional development initiatives of the Academy. If you are considering registering to credential, become a member first to receive a $70 discount off the cost of registration. Please show your support by joining, renewing, or extending your membership today.



    With Gratitude,


    Angela Kapalko
    Physician Assistant Chairperson for AAHIVM
    Philadelphia FIGHT CommunityHealth Centers
    Philadelphia PA

  • 2.  RE: Newsletter To the Physician Assistants of AAHIVM

    Posted 08-09-2021 13:26
    I provided the first talk about HIV Infection to the AAPA during a national convention in Washington, DC, in 1982, less than 1 year after graduating from PA training the year before! Shortly after that, PAs involved in HIV clinical and research care established a Caucus or Special Interest Group that continued to provide professional resources to PAs involved in HIV/AIDS.  I started providing HIV care to patients much more recently, having actively avoided clinical care for several decades.  I am now partially retired, working only 1 day/week for family medicine, and 1 day/week for HIV care.  

    Very glad that there is a PA component to the AAHIVM!  Thanks!!

    --Mark P Behar, PA-C
    Milwaukee, WI

    Mark Behar
    Milwaukee Health Services
    Milwaukee WI

  • 3.  RE: Newsletter To the Physician Assistants of AAHIVM

    Posted 09-07-2021 16:47
    Sorry for my late reply, Mark! So proud of PAs in HIV medicine at the beginning of the epidemic. I bet that first HIV talk at the AAPA conference looked VERY different than the ones we give now! Glad you are still in the good fight 40 years later!!

    Angela Kapalko
    Physician Assistant Chairperson for AAHIVM
    Philadelphia FIGHT CommunityHealth Centers
    Philadelphia PA