Military PAs Celebrate Accomplishments, Share Lessons in Leadership, and Build Community at AAPA 2024

AAPA provides an unparalleled opportunity for military PAs in all stages of their careers to get inspired, think bigger, deepen relationships, and develop professionally. This year, at AAPA 2024, early-career military PAs looked forward to CME topics, a trip to the NASA Space Center, and a Texas barbecue. What they received was much more: inspiration, mentorship, social therapy, and a sense of community.

Opening Doors, One Classroom at a Time

During AAPA 2024, two Project Access sessions took place at local Houston schools to introduce students from minority and underserved communities to the PA profession and encourage them to explore becoming a PA. Learn how you can host an event in your community!

Inspired by the Outdoors? Check Out Wilderness Medicine

David Braun, PA-C, and Angela Widler, PA-C, share a lifelong enjoyment of the outdoors. They co-founded the PAs in Wilderness Medicine special interest group to raise awareness of the specialty and the many wilderness medicine opportunities available to PAs and PA students.

After Battling Brain Cancer, PA Student Melanie Shojinaga On TikTok, Her Career Goals, and Her Advice for PAs

Melanie Shojinaga was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer after her first quarter in Stanford University’s PA program. After eight months of treatment, she talks about why she chose to share her journey with humor on TikTok, how her goals as a student and a future PA have changed, and her advice for other PAs that she gained from her patient experience.