AASPA Leadership Platform Statements

Megan Spearin, PA-C

Megan Spearin, PA-C

Running for AASPA Director of Marketing

Dear AASPA Board of Directors and members,

I would like to express my continued interest in the Director of Marketing position on the AASPA leadership team where I can use my skills to help strengthen the surgical PA profession and improve surgical patient care.

I have held the position of Director of Marketing on the AASPA Board since July 2018 and would like the opportunity to continue serving. I am an active member of the board, participating in monthly board meetings and designated board projects. I have 10 years of surgery experience as a PA and I am eager to continue to serve the AASPA organization to promote advancement of surgery PAs. I will continue to work with the President and the Board of Directors to increase AASPA membership through increased marketing and communications to surgery PAs, PA students and pre-PAs. I will work to develop increased membership benefits to help retain new and existing members by assessing member needs as they are portrayed in our 2019 member survey. I will continue to develop relationships with surgical device companies and pharmaceutical companies to increase industry support of surgery PAs and develop an expanded industry presence at the Annual CME Meeting.

I will continue to attend twice yearly board meetings to work with the leadership team in person. I have been a member for AASPA since 2012 and look forward to the opportunity to continue my work on the leadership team and help to grow the organization and continue to strengthen our profession. Thank you for your consideration.

 


Margaret Holland, MSHS, PA-C

Margaret Holland, MSHS, PA-C

Running for AASPA Director of Education

Dear AASPA Members,

I am writing to express my intention to run for a second term as the Director of Education for AASPA. For those of you that are not familiar with my background prior to joining AASPA, I worked for nearly 5 years both as a Pre-Medical Intern and Registered Nurse in the specialty of pediatric cardiology in Fairfax, VA. During this time, I also held a position with the Biology and Chemistry Departments at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, teaching laboratory courses in general biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. I also worked periodically as a substitute teacher and nurse for the Loudoun County Public Schools in VA. In 2014, I began attending the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, graduating in the spring of 2016 with a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Finally pursuing a childhood dream, I then began practicing as a surgical PA in the specialty of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery in Arlington, VA, where I continue to practice to this day.

I have been serving on the AASPA Board of Directors for four years, serving the first two years as the 2015-2017 AASPA Student Representative and the last two years as the 2017-2019 AASPA Director of Education. During my time as the Student Representative, I actively coordinated mentorship and shadowing opportunities for students, represented student views to the AASPA Board of Directors, wrote articles for the AASPA periodical Sutureline, assisted with the annual AASPA CME and Surgical Update conference, and initiated outreach to PA programs, PA residency and fellowship programs across the United States.

As Director of Education, I have worked on providing AASPA members with high quality educational resources which have included a new partnership with GIBLIB (360 Virtual Reality Surgeries Subscription Service), assisting with our AASPA CME and Surgical Update conference, developing and teaching a new Student Track at our conference, working with new Student Liaison Officers from PA schools across the nation, piloting our first professional poster presentation, and also serving as a representative to the Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS).

The main reason that I hope to serve another term as Director of Education, is that there remains work to be finished. In response to last year’s survey results and conference feedback from AASPA members, I have been working hard to find educational activities that are pertinent to the current needs of our members. I am most excited to let our members know about CAMLS, which is the Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Learning in Tampa, Fl. This is a facility that has a state-of-the-art, high-fidelity clinical environment with surgical skills labs, operating trauma suites, patient exam rooms, meeting and conference spaces. AASPA plans to use this facility in 2020 to provide more advanced workshops and clinical skills training for AASPA members. If elected again as your Director of Education, I plan to continue facilitating this vision for advanced workshops that meet the needs of today’s modern surgical PA.

As I have expressed in the past, it is my hope to ensure that the educational activities offered by the organization are applicable and designed to enhance the knowledge of today’s surgical PA. Medicine is the art of lifelong learning, and I have a passion to see other surgical PAs become better equipped and educated in their profession. It would be an honor and privilege to continue serving as a member of the Board of Directors in the position of Director of Education. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions. Thank you for your consideration and support!

 


Tiffany Worthington, PA-C

Tiffany Worthington, PA-C

Running for AASPA Secretary

Dear AASPA Members,

I present my intention to run for Secretary of AASPA. I have worked in general, vascular, and cardiovascular surgery with the opportunity to mentor many students and new graduate PAs to the field of surgery.

I have a diverse background including working as a firefighter, emergency medical technician and 911 dispatcher. More recently, I graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. After graduation, I worked with a busy vascular surgeon in Los Alamitos, CA. After a year, I transitioned to a position as Cardiovascular Surgery PA at in Long Beach, CA. Although my time as a PA has been limited, I feel I have a lot to offer AASPA and my fellow PAs with my passion for education and enthusiasm for the profession.

As a new PA, I recognized the positive impact AASPA can have on supporting new graduates with valuable educational materials and articles. Additionally, through my daily endeavors I have met several Surgical PAs who had no idea AASPA existed. If elected, I intend to focus efforts on continuing education, and member recruitment.

Thank you for your consideration.

 


Elizabeth Erickson, PA-C

Elizabeth Erickson, PA-C

Running for AASPA Secretary

To the Executive Board,

My name is Elizabeth Erickson and I would like to submit my platform for the Secretary position of AASPA.

After graduation, I worked as a PA Surgical Resident at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY and I know that experience has made me a better PA in all aspects of medicine. During my 14-month position, I practiced in many areas of medicine such as ER medicine, plastics, vascular, general, pediatric, trauma, ICU, and cardiovascular surgery. I really saw how each one is so different and how the role of the PA can be utilized. I have now been working in the field of general surgery/trauma for 10 years and I can tell you-I look forward going to work each and every day.

AASPA has been a part of my life since I step foot in the Bronx. My residency mentor was involved and I look(ed) up to him very much. I began to attend the yearly conferences and became even more inspired with each trip; I loved that there was such a resource for surgery! Every time a new Sutureline would come out, I would read it cover to cover-and of course, complete the questions. I have written 4 articles on my own time for Sutureline and love that members have that option to share their knowledge.

For the last month, I have served as interim Secretary and have truly enjoyed being "behind the scenes." I would love to continue to share my ideas and help shape future/current PAs in any way possible. I am so fortunate to be a part of an organization that can be a voice for the profession and can make change for the better.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of AASPA.

 


Veronica Victorian, PA-C

Veronica Victorian, PA-C

Running for AASPA Secretary

Dear AASPA Board of Directors,

I am honored to submit my platform for AASPA Secretary starting in 2019. I have been a member of AASPA since the start of my career in 2010. I have served as a representative for the CME Committee, been a guest lecturer and assisted with multiple Wound Closure courses at AASPA annual meetings.

I received my Masters in Medical Science as a PA in 2010 from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Myers, Florida. Currently, I am a Physician Assistant in Pediatric General Surgery in Houston, TX where I have been since I graduated. I am an Assistant Director of APPs (Advanced Practice Providers) in the Department of Surgery, overseeing all quality, safety and research efforts for the department. Clinically, I lead the Bowel Management Program as part of our Colorectal and Pelvic Health Program as well as run an independent clinic in specialty care. I was also appointed Assistant Professor for Baylor College of Medicine in 2017. I have been a preceptor to students and all levels of trainees.

With my experience, I am excited about the opportunity to serve on the Board as Secretary for AASPA. The PA profession has continually grown exponentially and I plan to continue to be a part of that growth with AASPA.

Thank you for taking the time to read my platform and for considering me for this position.