PA students active in their communities

PA students Maria Reilly, Lauren Vandenberg and Joel Michalak

National conference

Three first year physician assistant students attended the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) annual National Conference in Denver, Colorado in May. There, they were able to attend seminars focused on primary care topics like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.

“Attending up-to-date, evidence-based lectures and networking with people from around the nation made the AAPA National Conference an amazing experience for us as students," said Lauren Vandenberg. "I am thankful our faculty encourage us to attend events like this because of the opportunity to grow and connect with our profession and the people within it."

She added, "This conference reminded us how lucky we are to be a part of a dynamic profession and the things we can do to be the best future providers we can be.”

Girls on the Run

PA students and faculty who volunteered at the 2019 Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run event

WMU physician assistant students and faculty once again participated in the Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run 5K, providing first aid to runners and spectators.

The event was held on Thursday, May 23 with the race beginning and ending at WMU's Waldo Stadium. More than 1,300 third through fifth grade girls participated, along with an estimated 1,500 coaches, assistant coaches and community runners. The goal of Girls on the Run is to promote self-confidence, self-respect and teamwork through a 10 week training program which ultimately prepares them for more than just completing the 5K race.

Many of the girls dyed their hair, and wore funny socks, wacky sunglasses and other “race swag” to enhance their fun.  It was a great event for the whole community.