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CHA/PA Students and Faculty Honors, Recognition and Scholarships


PFC Roger W. Cummins Scholarship Recipient​

Jesse Cottle, CHA/PA Class of 2018, was awarded the PFC Roger W. Cummins scholarship. This scholarship is awarded by the AAPA's Veterans Caucus every year.

CUGH Poster Winners​​

Christianna Ruple (Class of 2018) was a coauthor on a poster that was presented at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s (CUGH) 8th annual Global Health Conference in Baltimore. The poster, entitled, “Knowledge, Beliefs, and Attitudes Towards Exclusive Breastfeeding in Dhulikhel, Nepal,” won the Lancet- CUGH Student Poster Contest in the Women's Health category!

Award for Outstanding Community Service

Elizabeth Barlow is the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Community Service by an Individual Student for the 2016-17 Excellence Awards for Student Organizations, Leadership and Service. This is an award that is provided by the AMC Student Senate on behalf of students, staff or faculty to the student or student organization whom they believe went above and beyond, exhibiting excellence, in their respective category. 

The AMC Student Senate believes that Elizabeth Barlow is an outstanding representation of the campus’ amazing student leaders and the tireless work they contribute to the university

Faculty Publications

Faculty member Kevin Bogart and Medical Director Tai Lockspeiser, MD, presented their poster "Empathy enhancing educational design to improve communication in PA students" at the Education Scholarship and Innovation Symposium on the CU Campus
Faculty member Claudia Luna-Asturias had the following paper accepted for publication in the Journal of PA Education: "Are Physician Assistants needed in Guatemala? A survey of potential urban and rural users"
Faculty member Kevin Bogart and Kari Hayes, MD presented their poster "Redeveloping the Role of Radiology in the CU Physician Assistant Program" at the Education Scholarship and Innovation Symposium on the CU Campus
Program Director Jonathan Bowser was a co-author on a paper that was accepted for publication in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry: "Curriculum Influence on Interdisciplinary Oral Health Education and Practice"
Faculty member Jacqueline Sivahop wrote one of PAEA's “One Pagers for Preceptors,”  entitled SNAPPS:

​CHA/PA Leadership Restructure

The leadership team at CHA/PA has been restructured to better fit the changing needs of the program.  Rebecca Maldonado, MSHPE, PA-C, is now the Associate Director of Educational Strategy, focusing on curriculum design and faculty development.  Jacqueline Sivahop,  MS, PA-C, has been promoted to Associate Director of Program Quality, overseeing program evaluation and quality improvement.  David Eckhardt, MS, PA-C has been promoted to Assistant Director of Assessment, which oversees learner assessment and evaluation. 

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CHA/PA Student Receives UPI Scholarship

Berit Wallevand, class of 2019, was awarded the UPI scholarship.  The scholarship supports students interested in working in primary care.

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Future Educator Scholarship

​Christine Cork, class of 2017, received the Future Educator Fellowship which enabled her to attend the national Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Conference to learn more about the role of PAs as educators.

Faculty and Staff Involvement in the PAEA National Conference

Be Mindful of What You Teach-Rachel Byrne, MS, PA-C
Preceptor Remediation — Deploy Your Life RAFT! -Joyce Nieman, MHS, MLS, PA-C
Global Goals: Standards for International Preceptors-Claudia Luna-Asturias, LGSW & Joyce Nieman, MHS, MLS, PA-C
Basic and Enhanced Clinical Coordinator Workshops- Jackie Sivahop, MS, PA-C and Joyce Nieman, MHS, MLS, PA-C

Enhancing Competence in Behavioral Change Interviewing -Kevin Bogart, MPAS, PA-C
Teaching Human Factors Science to Improve Patient Safety-Joyce Nieman, MHS, MLS, PA-C & David Eckhardt, MS, PA-C
Transforming Learning: Results from a Flipped Classroom-Rebecca Maldonado, MSHPE, PA-C
PANCE Performance: Can the Future Be Predicted? -Kay Denler, BA & Jacqueline Sivahop, MS, PA-C


Welcoming New Faculty

Tanya Fernandez, MS, PA-C, IBCLC (left) graduated from the CHA/PA Program in 2005 and is excited to return to her alma mater as faculty.  Tanya practiced in underserved primary care in community health centers, as well as in private practice. She has also been a regular preceptor for CHA/PA students and thoroughly enjoyed teaching students in real-life situations. She has garnered great clinical experiences in working with high-risk, resource-poor, migrant and immigrant patients and she is excited to share her experiences to help mentor future CHA/PA students.
Amy Akerman, MPAS, PA-C (right) graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School’s PA program in 2002. Amy has practiced family medicine in Kodiak, Alaska and was one of the first American PAs to work for the NHS in the UK. She also has experience in emergency medicine, otolaryngology and urgent care.  Amy is married to Lee who works in Project Management and has two toddlers, Zoë and Harry, who will turn 2 in October. Her research and scholarship interests are didactic physician assistant education and international clinical education.

CHA/PA Granted Continuing Accreditation Through 2026

The CHA/PA program was granted continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) until 2026. The ARC-PA is the national entity responsible for accrediting all PA programs in the U.S. This accreditation was the culmination of a three-year self-study and site visit process.  The CHA/PA faculty and staff dedicated considerable time and energy, working as a team to ensure continuing accreditation of the program.

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Staff Member Joins Task Force

Janice Baker, Clinical Coordinator, is one of two individuals selected by the PAEA Board of Directors to represent the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) on a Clinical Rotations Joint Task Force with AAPA.  The group was assembled following passage of an AAPA House of Delegates resolution which recommended a joint task force with PAEA to undertake research, identify policy solutions, and develop practical approaches to increase the availability and accessibility of clinical rotations for PA students.

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Christopher Whitcomb, Class of 2018, was nominated as the new Western Regional Director of the Student Academy. The Student Academy Board of Directors works in conjunction with the American Academy of PAs. This board is made up of 12 volunteer positions that are voted on yearly at conference. Once each position is accepted, students are tasked with setting direction for the Student Academy for the following year.

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CHA/PA Student Awarded the WAPA Scholarship 

Joseph Davidson, Class of 2018, was awarded a scholarship from the Wyoming Association of Physician Assistants (WAPA). Two students from Wyoming are selected each year who are currently attending a PA program. The scholarship was presented at the annual WAPA conference. The conference featured a variety of presentations on improving practice in rural medicine and some simulations on sepsis and practice.

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The Silver Society was awarded the Excellence Award for Community Service for a Student Organization for the 2015-16 year by the Anschutz Senate.

​Poster Presentations by Faculty

Faculty member Kevin Bogart presented a poster, “Curriculum design to enhance PA student competence in behavioral change interviewing,” at the Annual Education Scholarship and Innovation Symposium.

Faculty members Joyce Nieman and David Eckhardt had a poster accepted for presentation at the 2016 American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Integrating Quality Meeting, held in June in Chicago.

Faculty member David Eckhardt presented a poster at the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland in May.

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Academy of Medical Educators ​

Faculty member Jackie Sivahop has been accepted as a member of the Academy of Medical Educators at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

​​President's Excellence in Teaching Award

Tom French, CHA/PA's course director for the 2nd year Pharmacology courses, received the President’s Excellence in Teaching award.