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PA Foundation – AAPA 2023 Events

The PA Foundation is proud to host two amazing events at AAPA 2023!

PA Night Out (formerly Party for a Purpose)
Monday, May 22
7-10 p.m.

To create an even more spacious event with ample networking and entertainment, PAF has paired up with AAPA to create PA Night Out.

The event is slightly different this year, but the core is still PAF and funding the foundation to support practicing and future PAs across the country. We’re delighted to present conferencegoers with a bigger opportunity this year. If you’d like to learn more, explore our webpage with other details about the event. However, we’d like to detail a few key changes.

  • The event will be hosted at 5 bars in downtown Nashville. 4/5 bars will be open to all to attend, as a ticket to PANO is included in your conference registration fee!
  • 4 of the 5 venues will be managed by AAPA volunteers and staff.
  • There will be a VIP event, which is what will be replacing PFAP, which requires the purchase of a VIP ticket. The VIP ticket will get you into our premier venue at 1 of the 5 PANO bar venues: Luke’s 32 Bridge. This premier venue will have a surprise performer!
  • All proceeds for ticket sales will benefit the Foundation.
  • All donations made at any of the venues will additionally benefit the foundation.
  • This venue will be managed by PAF volunteers and staff.

Interested in an enhanced VIP experience? Upgrade by purchasing a VIP ticket, which includes VIP-only entry lines and designated areas within the venues, an exclusive swag item, and additional drink ticket. VIP ticket quantities are limited.

Log back into the registration dashboard and get yours before they’re sold out! All proceeds from VIP ticket sales benefit the PA Foundation. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend PA Night Out.

For more FAQs on PA Night Out, check out our blog post.

Women in Philanthropy Reception
Tuesday, May 23
5-6:30 p.m.

Women in Philanthropy is excited to present this networking and learning opportunity open to all PAs at AAPA ’23. Join us in welcoming Laura McClary, DHSc, MHEd, PA-C as she discusses Title IX: Sexual Discrimination, Harassment, and Misconduct: Preparing to Address the Reality.

Attendees will be able to walk away feeling confident about what Title IX means to PAs, their colleagues, and students; know their legal rights and the due process; gain awareness of mandatory reporting and the responsibilities that brings; and strategies, tools, and resources to better protect yourself, employees, and students if Title IX issues arise.

This event is open to all AAPA ’23 attendees!

Laura McClary, DHSc, MHEd, PA-C serves as a Professor and the Director of Health Professions Education, Doctor of Medical Science program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo Utah. She is a three-time graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and earned her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Her entrance into healthcare began in the clinical laboratory profession in 1989 and besides her clinical experiences as a laboratorian and clinician, she has also worked as a patient educator, a medical writer, grant writer, published author, course developer, expert witness and a consultant. Clinically, she volunteers at a clinical for the medically underserved. Her special interest are genetics, pathology, research, faculty development, medical malpractice law, employment law and Title IX.

Laura is the founding partner at McElhaney & Associates, LLC a graduate medical education consulting firm since 2008. To date, she has been involved in the development, accreditation and instruction in 57 various programs across the United States. She is pursuing certification in Title IX at Tulane University School of Law.

Log back into the registration dashboard to add the Women in Philanthropy Reception to your registration today!

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