PLATFORM STATEMENT for DELEGATE 2018-19 TERM: ->
For those PAs who don’t know what a delegate does: The AAPA House of Delegates (HOD) is responsible for defining the philosophies and values of the profession. First and foremost, I am committed to promoting vision and direction while safeguarding the profession’s values and reputation. I have been and always will be a guardian of the organization’s mission.
I am an experienced policy-maker: I first served as a delegate to the AAPA HOD in 2010. I have served on an HOD Reference Committee as well as having mentored new delegates. Prior to the annual meeting of the HOD, delegates are responsible for conducting an analysis of all resolutions and having a working familiarity with the current AAPA policy manual. If elected, I am prepared to make available whatever time is necessary to conduct the business of the profession in the HOD.
In addition to my perspectives as a PA who has been practicing medicine (ortho, general surgery) for 16 years, I have been appointed to serve in AAPA’s leadership and elected to serve as a constituent organization board member. These experiences inform my testimony and my votes on issues affecting PAs, the AAPA, and the health of the public.
I welcome communications from colleagues – especially those who are involved in other areas of medicine or at different points in their career than I am – to inform my decision-making.
Marylou Hernandez graduated in 2002 from the University of Washington’s Medex PA training program. She began attending AAPA conferences and auditing activity in the House of Delegates as a student. She began her career practicing in Orthopedic Surgery.
In 2008 she gained PA leadership experience when she was elected to serve as a constituent organization board member first serving as secretary and eventually Board President. During this time she also served as a seated delegate in the AAPA House Of Delegates.
She eagerly applied, and was accepted to serve on a reference committee for HOD. In 2010 she returned to her roots. She moved back to New York from Washington State and became a NYSSPA member. Still passionate about the direction of the PA Profession and expanding the PA scope of practice, Marylou began proudly serving in the HOD as a New York Representative.
She was appointed to the AAPA Health Disparities Work Group in 2011 for a 3 year term which was extended during AAPA restructuring.
She has participated in visits to meet with legislators for both Washington and New York States through the AAPA’s Leadership and Advocacy programs to lobby on Capitol Hill.
She worked at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and expanded her practice experience to include General Surgery, Hyperbaric Medicine and Palliative Care.
She achieved her Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas in 2015 and has proudly served as a NYSSPA HOD Delegate through the 2016 term.
In 2017 She left Montefiore and began a new chapter of her Physician Assistant career with the Surgical Department of Mercy Medical Center in Nassau County.
Marylou’s other interests include a passion for scuba diving, which is easily combined with her love of travel. She enjoys playing her guitar as a way to unwind at the end of the day.