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July/August – If Not Now, When?

By Erin Rysavy, MPH, PA-C

As I embark on my Presidential year for MAPA, I am excited to see what we create.  Not only is it a personal development opportunity, but an opportunity to be a part of the ever-changing landscape of PA practice.

If I’m speaking from my comfort zone, I am a proficient and passionate practitioner, and have been working in the same orthopedic practice for 16 years.  In expanding my horizons, I have taken on the role of MAPA President.  When I was approached to run for this position, I initially wanted to avoid the responsibility, but realized that someone needs to continue to maintain and enhance the landscape of PA practice in Minnesota. Why not me?  Although I didn’t necessarily feel like I was ready, I realized that has nothing to do with whether or not I’m actually ready. So here I am, ready to jump in with both feet!

As the MAPA Board of Directors, we are currently working on improving our website, raising awareness of membership benefits, and increasing networking/ socializing among Minnesota PAs.  We also continue to provide quality and affordable CME Conferences.

As you know, our legislative committee has been hard at work maintaining and advancing PAs practice privileges.  In Minnesota, we currently enjoy all 6 key elements of Modern PA practice as outlined by the AAPA!  (link:  There has been much discussion on the national level about Optimal Team Practice. This policy was recently passed by AAPA’s House of Delegates to continue to advance modern PA practice. (link:  I am looking forward to working with the legislative committee as we discuss how we choose to proceed with implementing changes in laws within Minnesota!  

As always, I welcome any questions or concerns from MAPA members as well as all Minnesota practicing PAs.  Now, more than ever, your input is an invaluable contribution to our profession. My intent is to represent your needs and wants, but I can’t do it without you!  Furthermore, I imagine there are many of you who also feel a calling to leadership, or a way to stretch and grow as a professional. I encourage you to stand tall, play on the skinny branches, and ask yourself, what does that look like for me? What’s next for me?  And if not now, when?  Contact me if you want to have a conversation!

I look forward to working for, and working with you all!!  Blessings to you all as summer quickly speeds on.

Erin Rysavy, MPH, PA-C
President, MAPA




Past President's Perspectives 



What an honor and a privilege it has been to serve as president of the Minnesota Academy of PAs.  This past year has been filled with changes, many of which will benefit the PAs in Minnesota for years to come.  We have partnered with Affinity Strategies to provide management and support services to the Academy.  Our legislative team has once again been successful in improving PAs ability to practice to the full extent of their training.  On May 17, 2017 Governor Dayton signed into law SF 1844, a joint effort between MAPA and the APRN coalition to allow PAs and APRNs across Minnesota to complete and sign death certificates along with signature recognition on multiple other medical forms (Joint signature bill).

The Minnesota delegation to AAPA’s House of Delegates (HOD) was diligent in reviewing the resolutions presented and represented the views of Minnesota PAs during deliberation on the House floor and on the final vote of said resolutions.  As many of you are aware Optimal Team Practice (formerly known as Full Practice Authority) was passed.  Prior to the convening of the HOD, MAPA invited the PAs of Minnesota to share their opinions on this issue through a variety of ways, including chats on the website and forums during the spring conference.  MAPA will once again be soliciting the opinion of Minnesota PAs regarding this issue, as the Board of Directors and the Legislative Team carefully consider how to further improve PA practice in Minnesota.

Thank you for allowing me the privilege to steer the direction of MAPA, to represent the PAs of Minnesota in various capacities and to be the voice of PAs across Minnesota.  As the medical landscape continues to change MAPA will continue to be at the forefront, working diligently to ensure continued improvements in PA practice and allowing Minnesota PAs to do what they do best ….. care for their patients.  Once again thank you for this privilege and I know that MAPA and Minnesota PAs will continue to benefit as Erin Rysavy, PA-C, steps into the role of president. 

May your summer be filled with laughter, joy, memories and family!




Becky Ness, PA-C
President, MAPA

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