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Meet New Student Academy President Katie Ganser

AAPA's new Student Academy President Katie Ganser is inspired by PA students’ emergence as leaders amid the COVID-19 crisis: volunteering, marching, advocating within individual PA programs, and using student passion for patient care to push the profession forward.

PA Educator Shares the Science Behind Memory

PA school is all about memory. So what is the science behind memory, and why do some memory strategies work better than others? Kristopher Maday, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, shares a three-tiered, information processing model to memory, and how PA students can use it to their benefit.
Cooper Couch

PA Students are Resilient: Student Academy Past President Cooper Couch

Cooper Couch ended his term as Student Academy president on June 30, amidst cancelled clinical rotations and virtual graduation ceremonies. In this high-stress environment, he reflects on the accomplishments of PA students around the country, and their resilience and adaptability.
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PA Foundation Announces Scholarship for Black PA Students

The PA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AAPA, is pleased to announce the launch of the Joyce Nichols Memorial Scholarship. A groundbreaker in the PA profession, PA Nichols, who passed away in 2012, was the first woman and the first Black woman to practice as a PA.
Christopher Maday conducting class remotely

How to Stay on Track in PA School During a Global Pandemic

Kristopher Maday, a PA program director in Tennessee, addresses some difficult truths that PA students should consider in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. He shares his tips for both current and prospective students, as well as his own faculty perspective.
Melissa Elist

5 Mental Health Tips for PA Students

Melissa Elist, a second-year PA student, found it challenging to adapt to the new reality of COVID-19. She realized that prioritizing her mental health was an important aspect of getting through a global pandemic and shares five tips for other PA students.
Sunayana Pydah

How COVID-19 Changed My PA School

When PA student Sunayana Pydah left Virginia for California on the way to her ninth rotation, she expected to come back. But her trip coincided with the first spikes of COVID-19 throughout the country. She shares what she experienced during the past few months.
Menerva Yole-Lobe

The Case for Inclusion and Diversity in PA Cohorts

The University of Utah PA Program is committed to inclusivity. It has enriched its curriculum and provided quality education to hundreds of PAs, including those from under-represented minority (URM) communities.