Student & Alumni Affairs

Students from the UAB Physician Assistant Studies program served as panelists and representatives in the 12th annual Integrative Healthcare Summit.

PA IMG 4642 500x320Christophe Jackson, Christy Franklin, Valerie Goodwin, Bellamy Hawkins and Kristen Bourg were members of the “Ultrasound Workshop” student panel on Saturday. Sarah Balladeres, Hawkins and Patterson all participated in the Opening Mixer the previous evening. The trio served as ambassadors for the PA program, the Department of Clinical and Diagnostics Sciences and the PA IMG 4625 397x500School of Health Professions answering questions from students in attendance.

The event, hosted by the UAB chapter of the Student National Medical Association, was co-sponsored by the UAB School of Health Professions.

Therese LangoTherese Lango, Medical Preceptor of the Year
Alberto EcheverriAlberto Echeverri, Surgical Preceptor of the Year
Each year, the graduating class of the UAB Physician Assistant Studies program honors a Preceptor of the Year. They actually hand out two awards - one for Medical and one for Surgical.
We sent questions to a handful of graduates from the UAB Physician Assistant Studies program in an effort to take you behind the scenes of our nationally ranked PA program.

Lindsey Whisonant, who had a perfect 4.0 GPA as a member of the Class of 2015, was kind enough to respond. She is the first to mention an instructor by name for #4 and we could not agree more.

PA GradsWhisonant pictured far right
Photo courtesy Mike Strawn
1. Favorite part of the PA program?

"Meeting so many wonderful classmates that will not just be colleagues but friends for years to come."

2. Toughest part of the PA program?

"The volume of information we are required to learn in the limited time frame. Learning and comprehending the didactic portion of the program is like drinking from a fire hydrant."

3. Class you never want to take again? And why?

"The class I never want to take again is anatomy lab. The smell of formaldehyde is almost impossible to get out of your clothes."
We sent questions to a handful of graduates from the UAB Physician Assistant Studies program in an effort to take you behind the scenes of our nationally ranked PA program.

Our thanks to Kristen Gue, Class of 2015, for her responses. And congratulations to her on a perfect 4.0 GPA academic career.

PA Kristen Gue1. Favorite part of the PA program?

"The friendships and relationships I have formed over the past 27 months. The comradery found at UAB is truly special. You will face unexpected challenges and obstacles throughout the program. Your classmates will be there for you during the ups and downs of PA school. They support you when you need a helping and hand and are ready to celebrate your accomplishments."

2. Toughest part of the PA program?

"Keeping balanced and seeing the bigger picture. When going through the program it is very easy to get caught up in the stress of an upcoming test, preceptor evaluation, or graded paper. It is important to take time for yourself and remember the end goal of learning and growing in your development as a Physician Assistant."

3. Class you never want to take again? And why?

"Gross anatomy lab-I could never get the smell out of my scrubs!"
We sent questions to a handful of graduates from the UAB Physician Assistant Studies program in an effort to take you behind the scenes of our nationally ranked PA program.

David Wood, president of the Class of 2015, was kind enough to respond. And we love his answer to #4.

David Wood award1.  Favorite part of the PA program?

"My favorite part of the program was the live surgical pig lab that enabled us to perform live surgery and learn proper surgical skills and techniques. It is a rare opportunity that most people do not get to experience, which prepared us well for our surgical rotations during clinical year."

2. Toughest part of the PA program?

"The toughest part of the program is the volume of material that we are required to learn and retain. As all physician assistants know how intense and fast-paced the curriculum is, it is an obvious necessary endeavor yet a rewarding feat when completed."

3. Class you never want to take again? And why?

"I am not interested in taking “Healthcare Delivery and Reimbursement” again. As important as it sounds, it was an afternoon summer class and nearly impossible to get excited about! It is one of those topics that you know you will need to know but you want to put off as long as possible."
SHP Sherri PeeteSherri Peete, Director's Award winnerThe UAB Physician Assistant Studies program participated in the School of Health Professions graduation on Friday, December 11, 2015. The 57 PA graduates were joined by their families and friends in celebration at the inaugural SHP Graduate Professional Programs Hooding Ceremony at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel. More than 1,500 people witnessed more than 200 SHP graduates receive their hoods.

The PA program had four graduates with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Kristen Gue, Sara Joyce, Kendall Peterson and Lindsey Whisonant were all recognized for their stellar academic performances. Each was awarded the Kirklin Award for their achievement. Those four, along with Kaitlin Cromwell and Class President David Wood, were inducted into the Physician Assistant National Honor Society Pi Alpha.

The Director’s Award was given to two students this year - Sherri Peete and Carl Frizell. The recognition is determined by the UAB PA program faculty.
John Baddley2John W. Baddley, M.D.Donald Reiff2Donald A. Reiff, M.D.The UAB Physician Assistant medical director and associate medical director have been named Best Doctors in America®. The annual list includes the nation’s most respected specialists and outstanding primary care physicians in the U.S.
CarlFrizellCarl Frizell, a UAB Physician Assistant student, is awarded the Ron Nelson Memorial Scholarship from the Physician Assistant Foundation.

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