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M. Tosi Gilford, MD, PA-C

University of Alabama: Increasing Underrepresented Minorities

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Studies program has been awarded a grant of $1,492,465 from HRSA to expand mental health training for their students, increase the number of underrepresented in medicine, and extend clinical care to more underserved patient populations.  In Alabama, 62 of the 67 counties fall under the federal definition of Health Professional Shortage Areas. More than one-third of recent UAB PA graduates serve in…

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Gerald Kayingo

PALLA: Programmatic Evaluation for the 21st Century

Best Practices and Transformative Insights By: PALLA – PA Leadership and Learning Academy of Maryland PA educators share a common mission with our health professions colleagues — to launch the next generation of competent and compassionate health care providers. Like all explorers, we’re constantly checking our course and adjusting our path to ensure success. But how do we know which adjustments to make? How do we know when we’ve reached our destination?  The process of programmatic evaluation and ongoing self-assessment is a continuous cycle of asking relevant questions, uncovering the right data, and using that…

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I’ve never seen as much unity in PA education as I’ve seen during the pandemic. We were able to really help each other in ways we had never done before.

Kim Stokes, DMSc, PA-C , Program Director, Elon University

Hofstra University: Students Use Creativity to Educate on Equitable Health for All

During National Public Health Week in April 2021, Hofstra University’s Class of 2022 PA students participated in the 7th Annual Hofstra National Public Health Week Film Competition, which focused on implicit bias and health equality. The students, mentored by Hofstra PA faculty, created videos addressing a range of public health issues such as Black maternal health disparities, the impact of COVID-19 on children living with developmental disabilities, cardiovascular interventions, and more. Two Hofstra PA student teams even took home first and second prize out of 15 competing submissions.  Creative storytelling…

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A Creighton University PA student administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a patient.

Creighton University: Students Give Back to Change the Course of the Pandemic

As nation-wide COVID-19 vaccination efforts have continued gaining speed, many local rollout plans have relied on PA students to play an integral role in vaccinating our communities – ultimately bringing families, neighbors, and friends safely together again.   Creighton University has partnered with the Douglas County (NE) Health Department in Omaha, Nebraska, to provide a weekly COVID vaccination clinic for the community, staffed entirely by Creighton faculty, staff, and students. Each Saturday, the clinic administers an impressive 5,000 vaccinations to members of the public in…

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East Carolina University: Expecting the Unexpected in PA Education

“If I was giving advice to someone new to clinical education, I would say the more organized you can possibly be, the better – and to be prepared literally for anything to happen next. When you have a plan A, also have a plan B, and consider a plan C so that you’re always prepared.” Kim Stokes, program director and chair at Elon University School of Health Sciences*   In 2020, PA students across the country were abruptly displaced from clinical sites due to…

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Corinne Feldman

USC: Narrowing the Digital Divide

While California’s Safer at Home order was effective at curbing the spread of Covid-19, it exposed the breadth and depth of the digital divide between those who have access to reliable internet and feel comfortable engaging with technology, and those who do not. This issue especially impacted older adults, many of whom were isolated from their loved ones and the activities that enriched their lives on a daily basis.   The University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine acted quickly to combat the negative health…

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