School of Medicine

Physician Assistant Studies - PA Program

Student Engagement



UPAP has numerous student leadership opportunities. The UPAP student society is a group of PA students who assemble on a regular basis to discuss issues of common interest that often deal with health care, the PA profession, the PA student classroom, the University of Utah campus, and community outreach activities.

UPAP supports a roster of elected student leaders and maintains a registered student society with the Student Academy of the American Academy of PAs (SAAAPA and AAPA). UPAP student society votes on bylaws each year and also registers with the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU).

UPAP has several leadership opportunities including the Maliheh student run clinic leaders on the SLC campus and Doctors Volunteer Clinic (DVC) student leaders on the St. George campus.

UPAP supports PASSED (Physician Assistant Students Supporting Equity & Diversity). PASSED is a student 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.

Class 51 Student Leadership

SLC Class Student Body:

President: Heidi Hanks
Vice President: Colleen Jewess
Treasurer: Emily Pierson
Secretary/Historian: Katie O'Flaherty
AOR/HOD: Kate Kubiak
AOR/HOD Alternate: Melanie Barber
UAPA Student Rep: Cameron Harkin (SL)/Curtis Hanson (SG)
PASSED co-Presidents: Denise Diaz-Robles/Tallie Alder
Health & Wellness Chair: Cam Catherine
Green Chair: Landon Henriksen
Interprofessional Education (IPE) Chair: Millie Oldroyd

Student Leaders at the student run clinic at Maliheh Free Clinic:
Jenna Whippen
Sam Osimitz
Pete Castillo
Lily Kiely

St. George Class Student Body Class 51:
President: Katrien Jack
Vice President: Nikole Rhodes
Treasurer: Colton Kesler
Health & Wellness Chair: Marissa Santiago
Southern Utah Pacific Island Coalition: Robin Char

Student Leaders for the student run clinic at Doctors Volunteer Clinic:
Brooklyn Bowcut
Shelby Farmer
Brittany Florence
Lili Cardenas

Class 50 Student Leadership

SLC Class Student Body:
President: Jillian Barker
Vice President: Harmanjit Randhawa
Treasurer: Colleen DeGroot
Outreach Chair: Kia Wilson
Secretary/Historian: Kevin Alba-Torres
AOR/HOD: Tara Carpenter
AOR/HOD Alternate: Katie Hagan
UAPA Student Rep: Chance Bassinger
PASSED President: Tanner Winger
Health & Wellness Chair: Noah Dobson

St. George Class Student Body:
President: Chrissy Mooney
Vice President: Tiffany Turner
Treasurer: Karrie Butler
AOR/HOD: Tara Carpenter
UAPA Student Rep: Tom Cook
PASSED President: Clayton Kline
Health & Wellness Chair: Jessica Jensen

Mission Statement of the Student Society:

We, the students of the Utah Physician Assistant Program, realize that formal organization will allow us to be of greater benefit to ourselves, our program, our communities, and to our future profession. It is for these reasons that we do hereby establish the Utah Physician Assistant Student Society (UPASS) of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

Purpose of the University of Utah Student Society:

    • The University of Utah Physician Assistant Student Society (UPASS) will serve as the representative organization for the students enrolled in the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program.
    • Representation will include but not be limited to representing the student body to: The faculty of UPAP, The University of Utah Student Medical Society, The University of Utah Student Government Body, The University of Utah Department of Family Medicine (as provided for by the faculty of UPAP), the community of the greater Salt Lake Area, the State and National Academies of Physician Assistants.
    • UPASS will actively promote academic success and clinical excellence.
    • UPASS will promote the concept of the Physician Assistant as a medical partner in the delivery of health care to all individuals and organizations.
    • UPASS will function to promote integrity, equality, dignity, and competence within the student society and for Physician Assistants as professionals.
    • UPASS will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Mission Statement of PASSED:

We are a group of 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.

Purpose of PASSED:

The purpose of 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.

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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UPAPPASSED
Email: UPAPPASSED@gmail.com