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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

GAPA priority legislative PASSES!  

HB 557, a culmination of four years of immediate work and many more before, passed in final form.  The bill allows PAs and APRNs to prescribe a 5-day supply of hydrocodone and oxycodone and related compounds to adult patients in an emergency.  The bill also simplifies some of the procedures of adding/changing supervising physicians at the Composite Medical Board.  Finally, the bill allows PAs and APRNs to write for disability parking placards. The bill passed both the House and Senate overwhelmingly and now heads to the Governor for consideration. A HUGE thank you to the following legislative leaders who were absolutely instrumental to the bill’s passage:

Representative Ron Stephens  (R-Savannah)  
Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones (R-Alpharetta) & her stellar Chief of Staff, Tyler Mashburn.  
Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones and his exceptional Health Policy Advisor Ines Owens
Senator Larry Walker (R-Perry)
Representative Butch Parrish (R-Swainsboro) 

We will keep you apprised of next steps.  

Available Articles to Read

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

Here are some photos from the GAPA Annual CMR Conference

Upcoming Events and Activities

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July 2024

2024 Summer CME Conference

Feb 2024

DEA Mate Course


June 2025

2025 Summer CME Conference

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