Temperatures as low as 40 below; nights in a sleeping bag; and daily meals of oatmeal, beans, and rice may sound like torture – but not to Thomas Barale, PA-C, who led the medical team for the 2021 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Three PAs who have focused their careers on caring for LGBTQ patients discuss the current state of healthcare for this patient population, the need for continuing education, the challenges some LGBTQ patients face, and the opportunities available for PAs to help.
PA Jaclyn Owens and NP Joanna Ellis are regularly caring for patients experiencing post-COVID symptoms. They talk about navigating treatment while still learning about these symptoms and why APPs are critical in providing much-needed care and support to these patients.
At East Carolina University’s PA Program, Tori Woodward, PA, and Kim Stokes, PA-C, collaborated to lead an interprofessional medical team to Taulabé, Honduras. With support from the PA Foundation, they were able to deliver medical education and provide healthcare.
The lifestyles typical of those experiencing homelessness enables COVID-19 to spread more quickly and easily than within more isolated populations. At the onset, Harrison Keyes, PA-C, of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, made significant changes in his outreach efforts.
Omar Razack, PA-C, is the child of immigrants. This fact has guided his whole life – from the West Indian culture he grew up with, to the work ethic his parents instilled in him and his triplet sisters, to his PA career in critical care.
Hayley Arceneaux, PA-C, practices at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, nearly two decades after undergoing treatment there for bone cancer. Now she has the extraordinary opportunity to become an astronaut on the world’s first all-civilian space mission this fall.
Lena Ward, PA-C, and Brandon Cherry, PA-C, both newly-minted PAs, will take over the hosting duties of JAAPA’s podcast in 2021. Ward and Cherry will be compelling hosts; they hope to bring new perspectives to the podcast, as well as increased audience interaction.
Pangela Dawson, PhD, MSPAS, PA-C, assistant dean at Morehouse School of Medicine, talks about her career journey and how COVID-19 has highlighted health disparities in Black patients. She also offers advice for bringing more visibility and leadership opportunities to minority women.