Director of Education

AASPA Leadership Position Description

The Education Director is link between the many diverse education offerings of the organization. With its main goal of educating and supporting the surgical PA, this chair has the significant responsibility of ensuring the educational activities are based in sound, up to date practices and lead to well-rounded, well-trained constituents. The following are under the Director of Education

Professional Development Committee Chair
This committee chair will be responsible for translating the latest changes to PA certification, assisting in the development of self-assessment and quality improvement tools for our members in pursuit of recertification. The Chair will appoint a committee, with education experts, to keep a finger on the pulse of the latest information from NCCPA. This committee will be devoted to improving quality in surgical practice and easing the transition of our members into unchartered territory of recertification. They will work in coordination with the IT committee to find alternative ways to educate our members through eblasts and webinars.

Pre-PA Education
Continue to offer the Pre-PA workshops to offer a realistic glimpse into the daily world of the profession, the commitment to the training, and the over-arching goal of mentoring our profession from the ground up.

PA Students
AASPA gives students and pre-PA students an edge in becoming a surgical PA through enhanced knowledge of the profession, scholarships, opportunities for recognition, a hands-on mentoring program, resume reviews and more. We were the first organization to offer a unique membership category for residents. We are proud to offer one of the most active and well-recognized programs for students interested in becoming PAs

CME Committee Chair
The Annual CME chair is responsible for overall success of the activity. Goals should include increasing attendees at CME meeting by increasing hands on workshops; especially ones granting certification if possible, accurate, useful updates in surgical practice and topics that improve the PA’s practice, promote teamwork and ultimately lead to better outcomes for our patients. It is the chair’s responsibility to produce a working schedule and budget in conjunction with the CEO. Formation of the CME committee should generate new ideas, explore new relationships with other sub-specialty organizations and discover new ways to provide our membership with education and training. Subject matter experts should be used to enhance delivery of information and support of educational activities.

General Responsibilities

  • Coordinate all CME conferences for AASPA
  • Work closely with the marketing committee on the logistics of the exhibit hall, exhibitor appreciation events and with companies that wish to sponsor speakers or other events (e.g. meal functions, breaks) at the AASPA CME conference
  • In consultation with the Board of directors, determine the location of future conferences – The location is determined by where the ACS goes.
  • Sign contracts related to the conference, with the Board of Directors’ approval – This is handled by the management company.
  • Submit written quarterly reports at least two weeks prior to the mid-year Board of Directors meeting
  • Make policy recommendations to the Board of Directors, when appropriate
  • Develop/coordinate speakers list
  • Develop, or approve the development of conference brochure/flyer
  • Manage conference registration, possibly with committee or oversee a contractor
  • Submit CME approval prior to the conference – The management company handles this.
  • Work with the succeeding CME Chair to help prepare the following year’s conference
  • Submit promotional articles/ads for each Sutureline newsletter
  • Serve on the Marketing Committee as corporate sponsor adjunct
  • Implement Board of Directors charges to the committee
  • After reviewing the charges from the Board of Directors for the year, prepare a yearly committee budget to be approved by the Board of Directors
  • Provide leadership to the committee
  • Report back to the committee any decisions of the BOD that may affect the committee’s work or activities
  • Appoint committee members
  • Provide oversight of committee functions
  • Solicit new volunteers to serve on the committee
  • Mentor upcoming members to leadership positions
  • Attend and facilitate all committee meetings
  • Miss no more than one Board of Directors meeting
  • Attend Leadership Retreat/Strategic Planning Session

This position requires approximately 5-10 hours per month, with an increase in the weeks prior/during/following conferences.


Skills/experience needed to successfully serve in this position are:

  • Prior committee member experience/Communication skills/Administration skills
  • Delegation skills/Leadership skills/Interest in CME