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PAEA Forum—Celebrating 50 years of PAs!

In October, nearly 900 PA educators from across the country convened in Denver, Colorado, for the annual PA Education Forum. Many of our own Butler University PA faculty attended the conference and brought home a variety of experiences to share.

Kali Veness ’08 was a first-time forum attendee. Veness enjoyed attending a session on clinical procedures, where participants discussed procedures implemented across different programs throughout the country. Matt Stinson ’96 and Betsy Schmidt ’99 gained experience from networking with colleagues from various programs. “I appreciated the opportunity to glean insights and ideas from faculty at other PA programs, both in formal and casual conversations,” stated Schmidt. 

Several faculty members from Butler University had the opportunity to present at the Forum. Dan Sturm gave his first national presentation. Sturm, along with colleague, Sam Gurevitz, presented an educational interactive game implemented in clinical integration titled Café Medicine. “I set out two years ago with the idea that I would love to someday present this project at the PAEA national conference,” said Sturm. Jennifer Guthrie’s ’00 first experience as a panel member was rewarding as she noted, “sharing our perspectives and ideas will only make the clinical part of PA education better!”

The Butler PA program is thrilled that Kathleen Holec ’19 was elected from a competitive pool of applicants to serve as a Student Member at Large on the PAEA Board of Directors. The community feel of PA educators collaborating and sharing insight inspired Holec. “It was a great experience,” she said. “I was impressed by how thoughtful everyone was on the Board with decisions being made, and I am excited to continue in my role over the next two years!”

Culminating the conference experience, Dr. Jennifer Snyder ’97, was recognized for her dedication to the PA profession and PAEA. Snyder received a standing ovation honoring her for her five years of service on the PAEA Board of Directors and finishing her year as Immediate Past President. “It has truly been a great pleasure to serve on the Board,” stated Snyder. “I have seen many changes in education and in the profession over the years, and it has been incredibly rewarding to serve in this leadership position.”

Congratulations to the PA profession for celebrating 50 years! PA education continues to emerge in stellar fashion, and we look forward to impacting the next 50 years.