Cassidy McCandless, MS, RD, is the 2022 recipient of the PA Student of the Year Award. A PA student at Missouri State University, McCandless leads nutrition education outreach projects and advocates for improving the PA student experience as the student member at large on the PAEA Board of Directors.
This year’s Outstanding Student Society is the Campbell University Wallace Student Society, whose members demonstrated their commitment to community service through volunteering at vaccine clinics, high school health fairs, and a local medical center.
LCDR Stephanie Hoover, PA-C, MPAS, has made her career in her hometown of Loretto, Pennsylvania, where she attended a PA program, landed her first Federal Bureau of Prisons job, and currently serves as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service at a Federal Correctional Institution.
Azsaunna Bryant, a first-year PA student, asked four international women—all classmates in her PA program—to reflect on the importance of representation in the healthcare field. Respondents spoke to the value of their cultural backgrounds in connecting with patient communities and ensuring equitable health outcomes.
In 2021, AAPA moved beyond asking students just about their gender, race, and ethnicity. The AAPA Student Survey included questions about PA students’ backgrounds to gain insights into the diversity of life experiences among new PAs joining the workforce.
Chapman’s Crean College is home to a growing PA Program, which in 2018 graduated its first class of 25 practicing PAs. Investing in the training of PAs and other healthcare professionals is the best way to meet an increasing need for primary care.
Raymond Martin, PA-S1, reflects on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, juggling an intense training schedule and PA school coursework. He shares challenges he faces as a PA student with a disability, and recommendations for keeping extracurricular activities to maintain mental balance.