Former PAEA President Goldgar Retires
RECOGNITION
Jan 19, 2021

Former PAEA President Goldgar Retires

Constance Goldgar, PA-C, is a long-time professor for UPAP and has had an illustrious career in Physician Assistant training and policy-making. The Physician Assistant Education Association, which she presided over, recently celebrated her many achievements.... Read More

PA Named Best Overall Job in 2021
RECOGNITION
Jan 13, 2021

PA Named Best Overall Job in 2021

Physician Assistant rose to the No. 1 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Jobs list. The rankings factor in important aspects of a job including growth potential, work-life balance, and salary.... Read More

Interview: Division Chief Virginia Valentin
RECOGNITION
Nov 06, 2020

Interview: Division Chief Virginia Valentin

Virginia Valentin, DrPH, PA-C was appointed Division Chief of the Utah Physician Assistant Program (UPAP) in August 2020. In this interview, Dr. Valentin discusses her transition as Chief, the current state of UPAP, and her vision for the future of the program.... Read More

Growing in St. George
RECOGNITION
Nov 06, 2020

Growing in St. George

In 2016, the Utah Legislature granted funding for the expansion of the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program distant campus located in St. George, Utah. Since then, the distant-campus program has been growing by leaps and bounds.... Read More

UPAP in an Era of COVID
EDUCATION
Nov 06, 2020

UPAP in an Era of COVID

Jared Spackman, MPAS, PA-C, Program Director for the UPAP program, shares his thoughts about maintaining academic and clinical activities during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read More

UPAP Students Celebrate PA Week on the Today Show
RECOGNITION
Oct 06, 2020

UPAP Students Celebrate PA Week on the Today Show

Recent UPAP graduate Chanda Duncan was part of a spotlight on the Today Show featuring Physician Assistants across the country celebrating Physician Assistant Week. Duncan appeared masked alongside several other PAs from Utah as they joined the Today Show virtually for the segment. ... Read More

UPAP Student Featured in UtahMed Magazine
RECOGNITION
Oct 05, 2020

UPAP Student Featured in UtahMed Magazine

Rana Habboush, who joined the PA program in 2018, was featured in the Winter 2020 edition of UtahMed, the alumni magazine for the University of Utah School of Medicine. Rana's journey has brought her from her post as a surgeon in Iraq, to Jordan after the US invasion, to the U.S.... Read More

PA Program's COVID-19 Response Highlighted by PAEA
RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Jun 09, 2020

PA Program's COVID-19 Response Highlighted by PAEA

In recognition of the U's Physician Assistant program's excellence in reaching out to students of all backgrounds during the pandemic, the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Diversity and Inclusion Advancement Commission has identified the program as "an exemplar in implementing strategies to recognize and address the needs of its students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic."... Read More

Physician Assistant Day on the Hill 2020
EDUCATION
Jan 29, 2020

Physician Assistant Day on the Hill 2020

In January of this year, students in the Physician Assistant Program joined their colleagues in the Utah Acadamy for their annual visit to the Utah State Capitol Building. While there, the students had the opportunity to listen to legislators and and industry leaders on issues of public health, and network with their peers as they learn more about the Physician Assistant profession.... Read More

Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony
EDUCATION
Jan 09, 2020

Physician Assistant White Coat Ceremony

Physician Assistants at the University of Utah recently celebrated their 2020 White Coat Ceremony, in which students beginning clinical work receive the white coat they will use during their rotations. The ceremony this year featured Dr. David Owen, MD, Clinical Vice Department Chair, as a keynote speaker.... Read More

Where Are They Now?
RECOGNITION
Jan 09, 2020

Where Are They Now?

Every year, PAEA grantees contribute to PA scholarly canon. It has been a stellar year for PAEA’s research grant initiatives. Across five research grant programs, PAEA has been able to offer more than $150,000 in funding each year. In this season of giving, we are closing out the year with a round-up of what our grantees have given back to PA research since our last look back in 2017.... Read More

Project Access Builds PA Pipeline in DC
RESEARCH, EDUCATION
Oct 24, 2019

Project Access Builds PA Pipeline in DC

This year, sixteen volunteers took time out of their busy Forum schedules to visit McKinley Technology High School, a STEM-based school in northeast Washington, DC. Project Access is an outreach and recruitment program that aims to encourage high school students from underrepresented minority groups to consider the PA profession as a career. Its primary goal is to increase the number of minority PAs, provide more accessible primary care, and eliminate health disparities. Ultimately, the goal is to help students become competitive candidates for PA programs by preparing them early in their education.... Read More

PA Poster Sessions
RECOGNITION
Jun 27, 2019

PA Poster Sessions

This year the Physician Assistant Studies program will be hosting two Physician Assistant Student Community Engaged Evidence Based Practice Poster Sessions for both the St. George and SLC PA Classes. These will both serve as great events to showcase our students and all of their efforts and hard work. For details regarding each session.... Read More

Giving New Meaning to Rural Health Care
EDUCATION
Jun 18, 2019

Giving New Meaning to Rural Health Care

Those were the words of the University of Utah PA program’s (UPAP’s) medical director and Pokhara site coordinator Richard Backman, MD, as he prepared our group, comprised primarily of University of Utah PA students, for our Nepal International Elective. We had been meeting for pre-trip planning at his home in the mountains of Emigration Canyon outside Salt Lake City, hiking with snowshoes on the steep slopes during the middle of winter in an effort to get in shape for our upcoming adventure. Pre-trip advice included this inauspicious email: “Fitness: Start hiking now -... Read More

Lessons Learned — JPAE Style
EDUCATION, RESEARCH
May 30, 2019

Lessons Learned — JPAE Style

Feature articles in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education allow an author to focus on a special area such as Cultural Perspectives or Exploring Medicine Through the Arts. Lessons Learned is a feature that was added to the journal two years ago to stimulate PA educators to offer their first-person reflective narratives relating to a specific success — or failure — that the author has experienced. It is limited to 2,500 words similar to the other features in the journal.... Read More

Future Educator Fellowship
RECOGNITION
May 08, 2019

Future Educator Fellowship

Each year, fifteen PA students are selected to participate in this exciting year-long fellowship, designed to explore foundations in teaching, expose students to the current educational environment, and expand professional development and leadership opportunities.... Read More

Student Poster Summit
RECOGNITION
May 08, 2019

Student Poster Summit

Last month, the department held its Inaugural Education, Research, and Community Engagement Student Poster Summit. With more than 55 posters, the poster session was a success. Click to read more about this great event.... Read More

Webinar: Don Pedersen Research Grant
RESEARCH
Apr 24, 2019

Webinar: Don Pedersen Research Grant

PAEA is now accepting applications for the 2019 Don Pederson Research Grant. This is an ideal opportunity for early-career PA faculty to receive up to $7,000 to fund a research project on PA education and/or PA workforce issues.... Read More

Physician Scorecard
RECOGNITION
Apr 05, 2019

Physician Scorecard

Congratulations to 10 of our department members for making the national listing of top10% providers in patient satisfaction. We are proud of and congratulate each of our providers as well as many of our adjunct faculty members who made the list!... Read More

Congratulations Physician Assistant Studies Division
RECOGNITION
Mar 13, 2019

Congratulations Physician Assistant Studies Division

We congratulate the Physician Assistant Studies Division on its recent ranking of #4 in the top PA schools in the nation! We are proud of our divisions and department members and their many contributions to the department and community.... Read More

Physician Assistant Class 48 Sendoff Breakfast
RECOGNITION
Aug 06, 2018

Physician Assistant Class 48 Sendoff Breakfast

As the didactic year for Class 48 came to a close the Physician Assistant Studies Program held a breakfast at the Officer’s Club on Aug. 1 to honor the students for the hard work they dedicated to the first year of their program. ... Read More

PA Silent Auction
RECOGNITION
Jul 20, 2018

PA Silent Auction

Successful First Silent Auction for Physician Assistant Student Organization. The Physician Assistant Students Supporting Equity and Diversity (PASSED) hosted its first silent auction on Friday, July 12, 2018 to benefit Reach Out and Read. The auction raised more than $1800. The funds will be used to purchase books for Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.... Read More

Jennifer Forbes MHOF Award
RECOGNITION
Mar 27, 2018

Jennifer Forbes MHOF Award

In March, Jennifer Forbes, MHS, PA-C, Assistant Professor in the Division of Physician Assistant Studies, received the Mental Health Outreach Fellowship through the PA (Physician Assistant) Foundation. Forbes was one of sixteen physician assistants selected to conduct outreach in their communities across the United States using the validated Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) curriculum.... Read More

St. George Open House
EDUCATION
Mar 12, 2018

St. George Open House

On Friday, April 13, the University of Utah Physician Assistant Studies Program will be holding an open house at the Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. The open house will be to inform students, faculty, staff, and community members about the new Physician Assistant Studies Program collaboration between the University of Utah and Dixie State University.... Read More

Highlight of National Awards for Department Colleagues
RECOGNITION
Nov 03, 2017

Highlight of National Awards for Department Colleagues

I wanted to highlight a few of our faculty and staff members who recently won national awards from their perspective professional organizations. It is always an honor to be present at these award receptions to see how dedicated our department is in all of the missions we support – education, research, clinical, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Nov 02, 2017

Highlight of National Awards for Department Colleagues

I wanted to highlight a few of our faculty and staff members who recently won national awards from their perspective professional organizations. It is always an honor to be present at these award receptions to see how dedicated our department is in all of the missions we support – education, research, clinical, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion. ... Read More

UofU AIHA students send relief packages to University of Puerto Rico
RECOGNITION
Oct 17, 2017

UofU AIHA students send relief packages to University of Puerto Rico

On Oct. 16 students belonging to the University of Utah Student Chapter of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, or AIHA, sent a box of supplies to the Industrial Hygiene Department at the University of Puerto Rico to help in the relief efforts following the effects of Hurricane Irma. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Sep 29, 2017

First Cohort of AAPA-PAEA Research Fellows Selected

Three PA faculty members have been selected for the inaugural AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship, a new program designed to build the profession’s research capacity by funding one release day per week for interested researchers. The three fellows for 2017-2018 are:... Read More

EDUCATION
Sep 29, 2017

Mental Health Curriculum Benefits Community and Students

Approximately one in five adults in the U.S. – 43.8 million, or 18.5 percent – experience mental illness in a given year.1 When considering a project that might benefit her community and her students, Jennifer Forbes, MHS, PA-C, former assistant professor at Idaho State University (ISU), felt that improving mental health was an important area to pursue.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Sep 29, 2017

The Future Role of Physician Assistants

The position of physician assistant turns 50 this week. PAs have become a common member of healthcare teams across the nation, and you’ve likely been treated by one. But where did the position come from? And what role will PAs play as healthcare evolves? Physician assistant Jennifer Coombs talks about the history and future role of physician assistants.... Read More

RESEARCH
Oct 06, 2016

Publishing Your Dissertation in a Scholarly Journal

So you’ve decided you want to earn a PhD. You have read about the road blocks, you’ve selected your committee, and you’ve started writing your dissertation. But why start thinking about a publication? What does that have to do with earning the ultimate degree?... Read More

RESEARCH, RECOGNITION
Jan 08, 2016

Physician Recognition

Congratulations to our clinically practicing PA faculty and alumni of the University of Utah PA program for being in the top 10% of the nation for patient satisfaction. The University of Utah PA alumni and faculty have consistently ranked in top quality, care, and value.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Oct 26, 2014

Jennifer Coombs, PhD, Awarded PA Accolade

Jennifer Coombs received the Research Achievement Award. This honor is awarded once per year in Philadelphia from the Physician Assistant Education Program. The recipient is an individual whose research has made a significant impact to physician assistant education. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Oct 22, 2014

Nadia Miniclier Cob, MS, PA-C Healthcare Hero

On October 21st, Utah Business Magazine recognized many University of Utah Health Care employees during their annual Healthcare Heroes award luncheon including our own Nadia Miniclier Cobb, MS, PA-C.... Read More

EDUCATION
Sep 21, 2014

Nadia Cobb Reflects on Global Health

Nadia Cobb, from the Department of Family and Preventative Medicine at the University of Utah, reflect upon her involvement and interest in global health and the Global Health Initiative Summit. @UUtah #globalhealth... Read More

Strong Demand for Physician Assistants - U of U School of Medicine
EDUCATION
Apr 10, 2014

Strong Demand for Physician Assistants

Physician assistant degrees continue to be in strong demand, particularly at the University of Utah where more than 1,000 applicants are expected to contend for 44 slots next year.... Read More

Street Medicine: The PA Role - U of U School of Medicine
EDUCATION
Apr 10, 2014

Street Medicine: The PA Role

Joel Hunt, MPAS, PA-C, and Nadia Cob, MS, PA-C explore the physician assistant's role in Street Medicine: Caring for Patients Where They Are, Transformative Education for Health Professionals post.... Read More