The PA Path Podcast

The PA Path Podcast is for the PA community and all who are affiliated with it. PAs play an integral role in health for our communities and there are many aspects to this profession that deserve to be highlighted including demystifying the admissions process for prospective PAs.

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Episodes

5 days ago

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Susan White, program director for the Boston University School of Medicine, PA Program, and Aliza Stern, MMSc, PA-C, assistant professor of dermatology, for the Boston University School of Medicine, PA Program. They share their journeys into the PA profession, delve into the role of PAs in women's health, discuss the significance of trauma-informed care, and talk about the importance of focusing on vulnerable populations. Learn about the unique features and benefits of BU's PA program and their commitment to community service.
 
PA Path is produced by Association Briefings.

Tuesday May 07, 2024

In this episode, we speak with Don Diemer, DHSc, PA-C, program director for the Southern Illinois University PA program. From his experiences in the Air Force to his current role at SIU, Dr. Diemer provides valuable insights into the differences between PAs in military and civilian practice settings. Discover the advantages of having a PA program co-located with a medical school, unique aspects of the SIU program, and available options for a doctorate of medical science. Whether you're a prospective PA student or educator, don't miss Dr. Diemer's advice for navigating the path to success in this dynamic profession.
This episode is supported by Southern Illinois University Medicine Doctor of Medical Science Degree.
 
The PA Path Podcast is produced by Association Briefings.

Tuesday Apr 16, 2024

In this episode, we speak with Carrie Hall, PA-C, program director for the Rocky Mountain College PA program in Billings, Montana, and Cody Halverson, admissions director at Rocky Mountain College. They share their inspiring journeys into PA education, shed light on the college's admissions process, and discuss the significance of serving rural communities. From highlighting the unique features of their program and the college's scenic surroundings to the decision to remove the GRE from admissions criteria, they cover a wide range of topics. Additionally, they delve into the program's focus on patient safety and quality improvement initiatives, as well as the exciting launch of the school's Doctorate of Medical Science program.
This episode is supported by Southern Illinois University Medicine Doctor of Medical Science Degree.
 
The PA Path Podcast is produced by Association Briefings.

Tuesday Apr 02, 2024

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Gerard Marciano, Director of Physician Assistant Program at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Dr. Marciano shares his remarkable journey into the PA profession and reflects on the evolution of the field over his 20+ year career. Gain valuable insights as he discusses strategies for program directors to inspire students, highlights the unique aspects of his program, and offers advice for new program directors. Discover success stories of his graduates and unlock keys to student success in this engaging discussion.
This episode is sponsored by Lincoln Memorial University School of Medical Sciences. 
 
PA Path is produced by Association Briefings.

Tuesday Mar 19, 2024

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Beth Buyea, clinical associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Buyea shares her personal journey into the PA profession and sheds light on the barriers and challenges faced by today's first-generation applicants. Delve into her early experience working in adolescent care at a boarding school in Connecticut and her belief in a collaborative approach to patient care promotion. Discover the unique program at Tufts University, the milestones Dr. Buyea is proud of, and the vibrant culture she has cultivated. Tune in for an insightful discussion on the PA profession and what sets Dr. Buyea's program apart.
This episode is sponsored by Aquifer. 
 
The PA Path Podcast is produced by Association Briefings.

Tuesday Mar 05, 2024

In this episode, we speak with Dana Villmore, PhD, PA-C, assistant clinical professor and chair of admissions for the University of New England PA Program in Portland, Maine. Explore Dr. Villmore's personal journey into the PA profession, her transition from clinical practice to education, and delve into the distinctive aspects of the UNE program and curriculum. Gain insights into the quintessential applicant profile, discover the program's commitment to serving the Maine community, and explore how students are prepared for the evolving landscape of tomorrow's PA profession.
This episode is sponsored by Aquifer. 
 
The PA Path Podcast is produced by Association Briefings.

Tuesday Feb 20, 2024

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Vanessa Bester, PA-C, PA program director at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We discuss her fascinating journey into the PA profession, fueled by a deep commitment to serving underserved communities. Dr. Bester shares insights into her expertise in HIV medicine, primary care, and infectious disease and describes what sets her program at Augsburg University apart in the realm of PA education.
 
This episode is sponsored by Butler University Doctor of Medical Science Programs. 
 
The PA Path Podcast is produced by Association Briefings.

Tuesday Feb 06, 2024

In this episode, we speak with Jasmina Cheeseman, PA-C, assistant professor of physician assistant studies at Franklin College in Franklin, IN. We discuss her transition from clinical laboratory science to the PA profession, advocacy, her journey into PA education, how applicants should prepare to stand out as a strong candidate, and what makes her program unique. 
 
This episode is sponsored by Butler University Doctor of Medical Science Programs. 

Tuesday Jan 16, 2024

In this episode, we speak with Erika Brooks, CSPO, manager of admission services at the PA Education Association, and Olivia Ziegler, PA, chief experience officer at the PA Education Association. We discuss applicant experience and the CASPA process, advice for students who are thinking about applying to a PA program, the importance of letters of reference, and the timing for submitting an application.
This episode is sponsored by Aquifer. 
 
Show notes
Erika Brooks has worked in the graduate medical education industry for 12 years. As a seasoned Application services manager, she is passionate about improving the user experience and streamlining processes. In addition to managing the CASPA, she is also involved in educating PA programs on the benefits of including aspects of Holistic review in the admissions process. She also engages with those interested in the PA profession and Health Professions Advisors to ease anxiety around the application to process and dispel any myths about the profession. Erika currently serves as the PAEA staff partner to the CASPA Advisory Committee and assists in developing policies and procedures for CASPA. Her work in graduate admissions extends beyond PAEA as she served as a Co-chair for the CAS executives’ group. This group of healthcare association executives has oversite for application services for health professions, including OT, PT, Dental, Athletic Training, MD/DO etc . Outside of the office, Erika enjoys supporting Liverpool F.C., learning how to crochet, and traveling.
 
The PA Path Podcast is produced by Association Briefings.

Tuesday Dec 19, 2023

In this episode, we speak with Brittany Booth, DMSc, PA-C, department head and program director for LSUHSC-New Orleans. We discuss her path to becoming a PA and her formal education training, her philosophy on teaching adult learners, preparing students to understand public health and community health implications, and how to be a competitive applicant. 

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