Raising the Profile of Team-Based Care

Karen Wright, Ph.D., P.A.-C., interim chair and program director of the Department of Physician Assistant (P.A.) Studies at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was recently selected by the board of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) to serve a two-year term as the medical liaison between the AAPA and the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Inc. (NAMME).

With a mission of transforming health care through patient-centered, team-based medical practice, said Senior Director for Professional Advocacy Ellen Rathfon, the AAPA puts a high priority on building relationships with other leading medical organizations. Wright, she added, was chosen to represent AAPA, and the P.A. profession as a whole, raising the profile of collaborative team-based care with physicians and other national medical groups.

“I see this as an opportunity to advance the strategic plans of both the AAPA and NAMME,” said Wright, whose term begins July 1, 2017. “In order to achieve this goal, strategic partnerships between academic institutions, constituent organizations, and community stakeholders are paramount. Serving as medical liaison between the AAPA and NAMME will help advance this goal.”

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