School of Medicine

Physician Assistant Studies - Program

Physician Assistant Students Supporting Equity & Diversity (PASSED)

Student Life

PASSED (Physician Assistant Students Supporting Equity & Diversity) is an accredited group that is dedicated to promoting cultural and community awareness, civic involvement, social justice and the reduction of disparity in healthcare as we strive to refine our practice of medicine, professionalism and the skills necessary to become culturally competent, patient centered health care providers. In doing so we mentor, teach sciences, anatomy, and suturing. As for the outreach activities, we team up with local and school organizations to participate in health care fairs providing screening tests to individuals and families without insurance. PASSED needs your help to fulfill our goal in promoting awareness about the PA profession among socially, economically, and culturally diverse groups through these outreach programs and activities. 

Mission Statement:

We are a group a Physician Assistant students dedicated to promoting cultural and community awareness, civic involvement, social justice, equity, scholarship and the reduction of disparities in healthcare; all while developing a growing knowledge and practice of medicine, professionalism, cultural competency.


The purpose of the PASSED is to enlist and encourage Physician Assistant and other medical students interested in diversity/multicultural issues, promoting community awareness, civic involvement, social justice and scholarship. Furthermore, applying academic learning through professional involvement and growth.

Membership Requirements:

Anyone who is a student in good standing, enrolled at the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program may participate in the organization. To be recognized as a full member of the PASSED, students must register with the organization by submitting their name, and some form of contact information to the Executive Board.

Prospective Students:

If you are a prospective student, keep up to date on our events by liking us on Facebook and visiting our website, see links below. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We know, we've been there. We're here for you.


SLC Class Student Body:
President: Evar Saelee
Vice President: Amanda Dickey
Treasurer: Marissa Lachaga
Outreach Chair: Jay Fearnley

St. George Class Student Body:
President: Abbey Schwab
Vice President: Lisa George