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President's Message | September 2020

Sunday, September 20, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Blair Beggan
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Dear Colleagues -

As September comes to a close and we approach October, I want to wish each of you an amazing PA week! In the midst of a pandemic, many of you never stopped providing care for your patients. Whether it was through telehealth or in-person visits, your commitment to your patients never wavered, and for that -- I commend you. You should stand proud to call yourself a PA.

As I reminisce on my years as a PA, I think back to the beginning and recall a time when I was made to feel that as a PA, I would always be “less than”. The exact words were “Oh, you’re just a PA, you can’t do that.” What “that” referred to has changed over time but it ranged from new skill sets I wanted to acquire to workflow recommendations, etc. I stand here today and humbly say, everything “that” referred to, I have accomplished and much more than I could have ever thought possible. The reason I was able to drown out the noise of the naysayers and reach for more was because I was surrounded by leaders who believed in more for themselves and for our profession. You see, while I was being told “PAs can’t do that”, those words directly contradicted what I seeing from my leader colleagues--who were doing “that”.

When you witness colleagues breaking glass ceilings, you should cheer loudly. For in breaking that glass ceiling for themselves, they have made it easier for our own glass ceilings to be broken. This year has been a year of shattering ceilings. PAs nationwide have stepped up in new and unique ways to answer the call to provide care on the frontlines. I applaud each of you for your service to your patients, your communities, and our nation. Always remember—you are not “just a PA”. Rather, you are a key healthcare provider who has direct and lasting positive impact on the lives of patients for whom you provide care every day. Don’t ever buy into the limiting belief that “PAs can’t do that.” You, my friends, can do that and so much more!

Now, as we look ahead to October, I have to tell you how excited I am to convene online with colleagues for SDPA DIGITAL 2020! I've missed connecting with my Derm PA community over the past many months as the pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of the two most recent SDPA in-person conferences. I'd like to thank our staff and leaders as they continue working very hard to make SDPA DIGITAL into a valuable and enjoyable virtual CME offering to Derm PAs from around the country. I’ll see you online next month!

With you and for you,

Archana Sangha, MMS, PA-C
SDPA President


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