PA Students Participate in Community Service During Pandemic

AAPA’s Student Academy Service Committee encourages PA students to plan community service projects or to volunteer in their community. With the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was already tricky for PA students, but PA students still found time to give back to the communities.
Lieutenant Junior Grade German S. Herrera

I’m a PA in the U.S. Public Health Service

Lieutenant Junior Grade German S. Herrera, MPAS, PA-C, USPHS, had a love of science and a desire to help people. The United States Public Health Service – with its scholarship opportunities, benefits, and guaranteed job placement – was a perfect fit for him.
Hwal Lee conducting an MHFA training at a community college

Mental Health First Aid Instructor Advocates for PA Students

How can PA students be better supported during the challenges of PA school? Mental Health First Aid instructor and PA student Hwal Lee conducted research to find out. His study concluded that PA students could benefit from earlier mental health training.
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What Makes a Good PA Professor? These 7 Ps

Kristopher R. Maday, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, is a committed and passionate PA educator. He shares what his own favorite professors have in common, and how he strives to make PA school educational and fun for his own students.
William Eisenhart turns away from a cloud of dust during fast roping evolutions for a basic tactical training class

Servicemember Called to the PA Profession: William Eisenhart

William Eisenhart, PA-S, had his master’s degree and a comfortable job. But on Sept. 11, 2001, he felt compelled to enlist in the military. Now, inspired by the professional medics he served with, he is enrolled in PA school and juggling his many commitments.
Bruce Lee in 1973’s Enter the Dragon

What PA Students Can Learn From Bruce Lee – Seriously!

As a child of the ‘80s, Kristopher Maday, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, grew up loving martial arts movies. Now, as a PA program director, the words of one of martial arts’ best teachers, Bruce Lee, resonate differently. Maday shares his favorite Lee quotes, and how they impact his own teaching philosophy.
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What Inspires Student Academy President-elect Mariah Leroux?

Student Academy President-elect Mariah Leroux, PA-S, finds inspiration in medicine, family, and serving her community. She shares her personal journey to the PA profession, her path to leadership, and her passion for diversity and representation.