Courtesy of Nataliya Bilan, PA-S, Pace University
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Pace Physician Assistant students and staff headed to San Antonio, Texas this May for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) conference. Students had the opportunity to attend lectures, present research to colleagues from across the U.S., and meet fellow PAs and other students.
Pace PA students attended very interesting lectures on a wide variety of topics that helped solidify information they learned throughout didactic year and rotations. They also attended the AAPA annual “House of Delegates” meeting to stay informed about pressing issues surround the PA career today, and how to advocate for the advancement of our profession. One of our students participated in the meeting as a student representative, and experienced policy-making in action.
In addition to the academic component, the AAPA conference also provided several opportunities for students from around the country to come together and share their experiences. One of the highlights of the event was the Challenge Bowl, a high energy medical trivia competition where Pace University was represented by Emily Foley, Anna Kyle Shealy, and Jennifer Griffith. Our team competed against teams from 80 other PA programs nationwide, and advanced to the second round of the competition!
Several Pace students participated in the PA 5k fun run, where conference attendees got to stay active and enjoy the San Antonio sun. The fun run benefited the PA foundation, whose mission in to empower PA involvement in philanthropic programs that improve health. One of our students came in first place, running 5 kilometers in under 20 minutes! The students also had time to explore the beautiful city of San Antonio and enjoy the river walk, the Alamo, and the amazing restaurants in the city.