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  • Hello CAPA Members and Guests To This Website,

      
    My name is Adam Marks and I will be serving as the President of CAPA from July 2012 through June 2014. I have spent 3 years on the Board of Directors and it has been an honor to serve our members to represent the PA profession here in California. Serving as a representative of such a diverse group of health care professionals has been something to which I have been dedicated since joining the CAPA Board as the Student Representative. I am a graduate of the San Joaquin Valley College PA Program and currently work in family practice in the San Joaquin Valley at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). One of the most important lessons I learned at SJVC was the importance of active participation in your community, whether that be in medicine as a practicing PA or in your professional organization as an active member. Adam Marks, MPA, PA-C

    CAPA’s mission is to represent and serve PAs statewide and as an organization we continually work to enhance, educate and empower PAs in the state of California. With over 8,000 PAs, California is seeing the PA profession grow and PAs are becoming involved in every aspect of health care. As the profession continues to grow, CAPA is positioned well with a long term Chief Operating Officer and excellent office staff dedicated to exceptional customer service. We are fortunate to employ an experienced and talented Public Policy Director and the finest Legal Counsel there is; all are guided by a dedicated group of elected Board members who work each day on your behalf. Our only purpose is to represent the interests of California PAs. We carefully review legislation which could impact on California PAs either positively or negatively.  We are the resource center for professional practice information for PAs in California. Everything we do each and every day is to promote and protect PA practice.
     
    Another added benefit that we bring to our members is discounted registration fees for CAPA Conferences.   We hold two annual conferences, one in Palm Springs each fall and one in Napa each February. These events not only provide a variety of up to date CME, but create an environment where PAs in a variety of medical practices from across the state, fellow alumni and future PAs can come together to network. While traditional and innovative CME conferences are a CAPA staple, we have begun exploring new ways to provide education to PAs across the state. 
     
    All of these services would not be possible without our membership. I challenge each and every PA from across the state to look at how they can serve this community. For some this might be as simple renewing your membership annually and donating to CAPAs Political Action Committee. While others may be seeking a deeper level of participation; I encourage you to participate in CAPA committees, write informative articles for the CAPA News or run for an elected position on the board of directors.
     
    So ask yourself, “What can I do to better the PA profession in California?” You will find that while we have come a long way, it takes dedicated PAs providing the best patient care and actively pushing the profession forward that will ensure our continued excellence in health care.
     
    Finally I want to thank you for visiting the CAPA website. We have worked hard over the last year to bring you an updated website that is more functional for our members and those looking to learn more about the PA profession in California. Please explore our site and take advantage of the quick links which offer more information regarding CME conferences, current laws and regulations, job opportunities and current health care legislation affecting PAs in California. 
     
    I look forward to working with the CAPA Board, committees and you, our members, to create the best possible environment for PAs to be successful in California.
     
    Adam Marks, MPA, PA-C
    CAPA President