2023 Events

Virtual Student Program – Benzodiazepines: Uses, Dangers, and Clinical Considerations

The PA Foundation is pleased to present “Benzodiazepines: Uses, Dangers, and Clinical Considerations,” a virtual seminar for PA students, designed to supplement established PA school curriculum and enhance learning on substance use disorder.

In this presentation, students will learn:  ​

  • The evidence-based risks and benefits of prescription benzodiazepines ​
  • The significant risks of polysubstance use and benzodiazepine withdrawal ​
  • To recognize the symptoms of physical dependence and benzodiazepine use disorder ​
  • To communicate safe use effectively with patients ​
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic may have exacerbated misuse of benzodiazepines ​

Faculty Presenters:

  • Deanna Bridge Najera, MPAS, MS, PA-C, DRAAPA
  • Megan Pinder, MMS, PA-C
  • Jessica Tabb, DHSc, PA-C
  • Chelsea Tersavich, PA-C

This presentation will qualify for 2 of the 8 hours of training required of all DEA-registered providers by the MATE Act.

The virtual presentation is scheduled for the following dates (same content presented on each date). Please register using the links below. You may register for yourself or on behalf of a group.

Brought to you by the PA Foundation with support from the AmerisourceBergen Foundation.

Completed Events

PA Night Out
Monday, May 22
7–10 p.m.

The PA Foundation is excited to partner with AAPA for a new event at the AAPA 2023 Conference, PA Night Out – the ultimate PA block party in Music City! We’ll take over five bars in downtown Nashville to enjoy food and drink,* socializing and networking with friends and colleagues, and over nine stages of entertainment. Admission to the event is included in all PA and PA student full conference registrations.

To support the PA Foundation AND get an enhanced PA Night Out experience, purchase a VIP ticket! All proceeds from VIP ticket sales benefit the PA Foundation. Additionally, all donations made at any of the venues will support the Foundation.

Your VIP ticket includes access to the VIP venue (one of the five event venues, Luke Bryan’s Luke’s 32 Bridge) and exclusive VIP areas, an exclusive swag item, and one additional drink ticket. The VIP venue will feature a special performance by musician and actor Charles Esten that you won’t want to miss.

To purchase a VIP ticket, add one to your conference registration before you check out. If you have already registered for the conference, you can still get a VIP pass – log back into your registration dashboard and add a VIP ticket to your registration. VIP ticket quantities are limited.

Must be 21 years of age or older to attend PA Night Out.

*One drink ticket provided for general admission.

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Special thanks to our generous PA Night Out sponsors and VIP Table Sponsors!

Interested in sponsorship opportunities at PA Night Out? Contact Heather Teplitz at [email protected].

Women in Philanthropy Reception
Tuesday, May 23
5–6:30 p.m.
Omni Nashville

Join Women in Philanthropy for a night of networking and education at AAPA 2023! We will host Laura McClary, DHSc, MHEd, PA-C, as she presents “Title IX: Sexual Discrimination, Harassment, and Misconduct – Preparing to Address the Reality.” All are welcome to join!

Hear Laura discuss changes and implementation of Title IX Law, identify the legal rights and due process of students and employees, and review education institutions’ obligations to students and the standard for negligence. Attendees will learn what Title IX means to PAs and their colleagues and students; understand their legal rights and due process; gain awareness of mandatory reporting and associated responsibilities; and learn strategies, tools, and resources to better protect themselves, employees, and students if Title IX issues arise.

About the Speaker
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.

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Thank you to our 2023 Women in Philanthropy Reception sponsors