Kate Sistare

PA Student Experiences of the AAPA Conference

Feb. 15, 2016

Kate Sistare

What was the most memorable and/or rewarding part of the 2015 Conference for you? The most rewarding part of the 2015 conference is being involved in SAAAPA and knowing that the work that we did there is going to carry out an effect throughout the following year.

What do you enjoy most about being an AAPA student member? Attending the conference as a student is a great way to become more personally invested in the future of the profession, as you get exposed to where we came from and where we are going.

Are you planning on attending the 2016 Conference in San Antonio? What are you looking forward to most? I am planning on attending the 2016 Conference in San Antonio and I am most looking forward to attending the student SPARK sessions because they are very informative, and the lectures are coming from knowledgeable PAs who are fun to listen to.

Is there anything I should know about your conference or PA student experience?

The conference was awesome! I was blown away at the organization, the technology, and the size of the conference.

Aubrey Winkler

Aubrey Winkler:

“Attending the 2015 conference in San Francisco as a Student Delegate to the HOD was one of the most rewarding experiences of my time as a PA student.  It’s amazing how strongly students are encouraged to participate in the AAPA to help develop the future of PA practice. Being active in that makes me feel so connected to my future profession. I can’t wait for IMPACT 2016 in San Antonio, where I hope to be an HOD Delegate again!” – Aubrey Winkler, PA-S, Cleveland, OH

Taylor Jensen (HOD)

Serving as a Student Delegate during the House of Delegates meetings was not only an honor but a chance to make a direct impact and ensure the voices of PA students from across the country are heard. As the future of our profession, it is imperative that students take an active role to get involved. Attending the conference provides the unique opportunity to network with students, future colleagues, and leaders of the PA community while representing students on a national level.  I had a great time and look forward to attending many more AAPA conferences in the future!

Katherine Malagon (HOD)

For me, the most memorable part of the 2015 conference was having a chance to actively be involved in the HOD policy decision making. As a second-time student attendee, this time, I went with an overview on ALL the policies beforehand. I also preemptively knew how the house operated instead of figuring it out while at the conference. This in itself made the entire process more enjoyable. But most of all, my favorite part was being able to vote while keeping in mind that decisions are not always yah or nay but can fluctuate within a spectrum. The hard part is deciding which side is best for those we represent, myself, and our profession.

Sean Reap
Shawn Reap:

I believe the most rewarding aspect of the 2015 AAPA conference was being a part of the Assembly of Representatives.  As the AOR for my program, it was a truly amazing opportunity to share and collaborate with peers from different programs from around the country.  This meeting was a great opportunity to share the student perspective as we shaped the resolutions for the upcoming Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.  These goals and initiatives sparked desired to return to my program and ignite change and improvement at my individual program level.

I enjoy the collaboration of students and PAs as a member of the AAPA community. It is such great resource with so many benefits. I do plan on attending the 2016 AAPA conference if my rotation schedule permits.  I think this was a great opportunity to learn from others and become engaged within this diverse community.

Vanessa Clark

Vanessa Clark:

It’s hard to say which part of the 2015 AAPA Conference was the most memorable because all of it was very memorable. I think the AOR meetings left the biggest impression on me. It was fascinating to hear passionate PA students from around the country propose, defend, and debate resolutions. It was exciting to be a part of the process to direct the energies of SAAAPA and all of its constituent schools for the upcoming year. Another part of the AOR meeting that I enjoyed was meeting representatives from other schools. By interacting with them, I was able to take new ideas and initiatives back to my school.

Being an AAPA student member has so many benefits! The resources provided by AAPA and SAAAPA for its student members are invaluable for students. I have used study skills and tips and tricks for both didactic and clinical year, and they have made such a difference in my experience as a PA student! I love hearing from people who have already been through PA school (and survived!) to get their advice and resources. The new AAPA Huddle will be a great resource for connecting with PAs during clinical year and as I start to practice.

As long as I can work it into my clinical year schedule, I hope to be at the AAPA Conference in 2016! It was such a great experience and such an energizing atmosphere that I’m already looking forward to next year. I’m especially looking forward to the Job Fair and the networking opportunities at the conference. Hopefully, by then, I will know what area I hope to practice in, so I’m looking forward to going to lectures and workshops to help hone the skills I’ll need in my new career.

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Consider attending the 2016 AAPA conference from May 14-18 in San Antonio, TX. Go to http://www.aapaconference.org/ for more information! We hope to see you there for the student events!