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APAC August 2023 NEWS

Posted 10 months ago by Camille Dyer

CAPSAPP Is Next Month!

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Poster Submissions

Have you been involved in a research project or have a relevant case study to share with your peers?  We invite you to submit a poster focused on original research, encore abstracts, or case studies inclusive of subject matter related to cardiovascular or pulmonary medicine.

The CAPSAPP for Heart and Lungs Poster Presentation provides the ideal venue to encourage peer-to-peer networking among APPs and students. Up to 25 entries will be selected for display at CAPSAPP. Of those, 3 will take top honors and be highlighted on PCE's website and social media platforms. 

The deadline to submit is Wednesday, August 16th. 
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Email APAC at to enter a raffle for several free CAPSAPP registrations- 2 raffle entries per email for members, and 1 entry per email for non-members. 
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APAC President, Laura Ross, PA-C, AACC, CLS, DipACLM, discusses presentation topics for CAPSAPP. We hope you can join us in Orlando this September.

EKGaction Learn It Well
Membership Perk 

Thank you for continuing your APAC membership. Our organization is stronger because of you. All current APAC Members have a new exciting bonus -  immediate access for 1 year to the EKG Learn It Wellvirtual learning modules that include testing to review and perfect your EKG reading skills, led by nationally recognized EKG expert Dr. William Schiavone.
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Not a current APAC Member? Join today and enjoy this exciting new member perk. 

Cardiology Transition to Practice Solution for Physician Associates: Endorsed by APAC

The ThriveAP Cardiology Program, in collaboration with APAC, offers evidence-based education to PAs for the purpose of providing safe and effective cardiovascular care by developing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to enter the practice of cardiology, and establishing a foundation for continued professional growth. Includes more than 5 hours of EKG training!
Learn More & Enroll Yourself or Your Team Here
Do your patients “fib” a little or a lot? September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month - check out this great patient education resource from the American College of Cardiology at CardioSmart

PAD News

In observance of National PAD Month, we hope to make this an important month to kick off an increased awareness of PAD testing.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a leading - and preventable - cause of death in the United States. If affects nearly 20 million Americans, and 200,000 of them - disproportionately from minority communities - suffer avoidable amputations every year. 

PAD is the worst form of CLI and more awareness in all of our communities will help us meet our mission of "ending amputations and death due to CLI." 

In the next five years, one in four of your patients with Peripheral Artery Disease will suffer a heart attack, stroke, amputation, or death.

You can change this outcome with the latest prevention, detection, and treatment strategies.

- Robert R. Ross, PA-C
APAC Co-Chairman of the PAD Committee
PAD Awareness Month Resources: 
Clot Wise Education Program
Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM)
PAD Toolkit for CLI Global Society Members
Triad Diagnostics
In The Next 5 Years Article- PAD Coalition
 The American College of Cardiology offers more info at Peripheral Artery Disease: Optimizing Treatment Strategies, to help providers identify signs and symptoms of PAD, develop treatment plans, and better understand the prevalence of PAD.

Additionally, Cardio Smart's PAD Condition Center provides tools and resources to share with patients so that they can better understand their condition and facilitate shared decision-making conversations between patients and providers.

APAC is a proud Cosponsor of  H.R. 4261, the Amputation Reduction and Compassion (ARC) Act

To address PAD, Congressman Payne, Jr. has introduced the Amputation Reduction and Compassion (ARC) Act of 2023, which would:
  • Create a peripheral artery disease (PAD) education program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
  • Establish coverage for PAD screening of at-risk beneficiaries under Medicare and Medicaid. 
  • Require the HHS Secretary to consult with organizations to establish standards for PAD screening tests.
  • Develop a voluntary pilot program to support nontraumatic, lower-limb, major amputation prevention, including through patient risk modification and management, early screening and detection, surveillance, testing, and treatment for PAD.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Elsie at
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Routine testing may help to reduce health disparities for people with PAD

Low-cost, routine testing may help to reduce disparities and health care costs for people with peripheral artery disease (PAD), according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published in the Association's flagship peer-reviewed journal Circulation.
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Our very own Robert R. Ross, PA-C (APAC Co-Chairman of the PAD Committee) is speaking at MAPA this year. Bob's session, titled 'Understanding the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) Workshop', will be on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 1-3 PM 
Register Here

Did You Miss The Webinar?

Did you miss Dr. Schiavone's Webinar? Do you want to watch it again? The full recording is now available on the APAC YouTube Channel. 

Looking For A Change?

Atlantic Health, one of New Jersey's largest non-profit healthcare networks, is seeking an Electrophysiology Physician Associate (PA) to join the Cardiac Services at Morristown Medical Center. As a member of their team, you will play a vital role in providing advanced cardiac care to our patients.
Learn More & Apply Here

Virtual & Hybrid Breast Cancer Run/Walk 4Life

Please Join the Team:
Physician Assistants/Associates Lending Support (PALS)

Join Sister2Sister (S2S) on their 18th Annual Virtual/Hybrid Breast Cancer Run/Walk 4Life, on Saturday, October 7th, 2023 (During PA Week). Sister2Sister is excited to offer a Virtual/Hybrid Run/Walk that you can join from anywhere, regardless of age, treatment status, or physical ability. Survivors, participants, and supporters from all walks of life are invited to run or walk at your own pace.  A Virtual Run/Walk matches one of our goals to reach people nationally.

Camille Dyer from the African Heritage PA Caucus (AHPAC) has created a team just for PAs. Help us be the top fundraising team with the most team members. 
Join the PALS Team Here

Featured APAC Sponsors:

APAC gratefully acknowledges the support and sponsorship provided by the following organizations:

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