June 30, 2009
Class of 2010 Update:
The WSU Class of 2010 is about to embark on our second year!
Clinical rotations begin July 13th. In the mean time, many of us
are working on research projects/evidence based medicine papers,
enjoying some rest and relaxation, working, or studying/reviewing
in preparation for our first rotation. Our didactic year flew!
This year’s AAPA national conference in San Diego was a great
success. Both the AOR and HOD representatives (Danielle Kelly
and Lindsey Converse) enjoyed getting involved with the SAAAPA
and the AAPA legislative divisions. They learned a lot and met
some really great people. Thanks to KAPA, their trip was made
possible. The Class of 2010 was also able to send three other
students through class t-shirt sales, the PA program, and campus
travel grants (Ellen Frick, Jason Kearns, and David Johnson).
Danielle, Lindsey, and Ellen participated in the SAAAPA National
Medical Challenge Bowl and Jason and David served as alternates.
WSU represented Kansas well, defeating their first three opponent
teams in round one. We finished in the top 12 out of 48 teams after
falling to Desales University out of Pennsylvania who went on to
take the title.
In San Diego, SAAAPA Academy of Representatives discussed over 40
resolutions in a two-day format. A sample of resolutions is below.
The Student Academy resolves to encourage increased financial
education for physician assistant students in order to better
prepare students to make more advantageous financial decisions.
The Student Academy resolves to encourage volunteerism for all
PA students throughout their educational career as a way to give
back to their community, which plays a vital role in their medical
The Student Academy resolves to promote and encourage physician
assistant students to run for national leadership positions.
The Student Academy resolves to encourage PA students to attend medical
Spanish courses and/or education on language translation options to be
better prepared to communicate and serve Spanish-speaking patients' needs.
The Student Academy resolves to encourage PA students to comply with
physical activity guidelines set forth by the American College of
Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association.
The Student Academy resolves to encourage PA programs to include
training in end of life family-centered care, including palliation
and hospice medicine.
There were also resolutions recognizing Judi Colver, PA-C, M.M.S.,
Graduate Advisor to the Student Academy and Paul Robinson,
PA-C, AAPA President-Elect 2008-2009.
The full listing of resolutions can be found at
2009 AOR Resolutions.
KAPA’s support for the WSU PA Program and student leadership is
truly appreciated! We look forward to meeting and learning from
our talented Kansas physician assistants as we grow and develop
into respected professionals. We are grateful to have wonderful
preceptors and realize what an important job you have.
The Class of 2011 will soon elect the next set of class officers
and state representatives. Check back to see the Class of 2011
officers. Below is a list of the Class of 2010 officers and their
President – Tereasa Brown, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President – David Johnson, e-mail: email@example.com
Treasurer – Jason Kearns, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary – Ellen Frick, e-mail: email@example.com
HOD representative – Lindsey Converse, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
AOR representative – Danielle Kelly, e-mail: email@example.com