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President's Message

Meet the New GAPA Presdient – LeAnne Martinelli, RPh, DHSc, PA-C

Dr. LeAnne Martinelli serves as the Program Director and Professor of the Developing Physician Assistant Program at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.  She earned her Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University, Master of Medical Science from Emory University, and BS in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Prior to joining the faculty at Agnes Scott College, she was the Academic Director and Associate Professor at Mercer University PA Program and an Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at Emory University School of Medicine.  She has 20 years of clinical experience as a physician assistant working in a variety of clinical settings including community health, family medicine, internal medicine, hematology/oncology, and emergency medicine.  Dr. Martinelli’s research interests include exploring methods to help the “struggling” student through study skills training, utilization of available resources such as student accommodations, and development of remediation curriculum.

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LeAnne Martinelli, RPh, DHSc, PA-C

GAPA President 2023-2024

Are you interested in getting involved? Do you have a background or particular set of skills you think would be helpful in advancing GAPA’s mission and vision? We’d love to have you join us!  See below for descriptions of each committee accepting applications.

CME Conference Planning Committee:
Coordinates all activities concerning medical education, conventions, conference and official business meetings on behalf of the GAPA, subject to Board approval.  Plans regular conferences subject to Board approval.

Membership Commitee:
Reports membership statistics to the Board on a regular basis.  Maintains accurate and current files of membership applications and information and supply the same information to the Board and AAPA when directed by the President.  Issues membership cards, certificates, and other membership benefits as appropriate. Conduct membership drives to increase membership as necessary.  Issue annual renewal invoices and information.  Recommend changes in membership benefits.  Shall be available to handle other membership tasks delegated by the President

2024 Fundraiser Task Force:
Organize events and campaigns to raise money and other kinds of donations for GAPA. Also, may design promotional materials and increase awareness of an GAPA’s work, goals, and financial needs.

Application open from November 1st-31st, 2023

Available Articles to Read

The cost-effectiveness of physician assistants/associates: A systematic review of international evidence

GAPA Annual CME Conference - 2022

Here are some photos from the GAPA Annual CMR Conference

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July 2024

2024 Summer CME Conference

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