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CHA/PA Students and Faculty Honors, Recognition and Scholarships


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CHA/PA Student Elected to SAAAPA Board of Directors

Brielle Smith, Class of 2016, was elected to the Board of Directors of SAAAPA as the Western Regional Director.  She represents the twelve state region for the organization. 


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Katie Nelson, Class of 2016, was awarded the Barbara Quarantillo Scholarship Award, which provides funding to attend The Children’s Hospital Annual Pediatric Infectious Disease Conference held in Vail.


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Program Director Joins CU Academy of Medical Educators

Program Director Jonathan Bowser was accepted into the University of Colorado Academy of Medical Educators.  He is the 1st PA to hold this distinction.

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2015 Global Health Conference

The 2015 Global Health Conference will take place on September 19th, 2015 at the CU Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.  Topics to be discussed include women’s health, Ebola & emerging viruses update, oral health, update on PAs around the world, ethics in global health, vaccines, and disaster management.  See the attached flyer or the PAs for Global Health website for registration details.

Commemorating Dean Krugman's Retirement-UPDATE
Dean Krugman’s retirement will be commemorated at a ceremony this fall, instead of at this year’s commencement ceremony.  So, mark your calendars for October 3rd.  Beginning at 6pm, there will be a cocktail reception and dinner at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Cost for alumni and guests is $40 per person and students is $10 per student and $40 for each student’s guest.  Watch the mail early fall for your invitation!


New Dean of the CU School of Medicine
John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, is the new Dean of the CU School of Medicine and the University’s Vice Chancellor for health affairs.  Dr. Reilly joins CU from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was the Jack D. Myers Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.  He completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth College and his medical school education at Harvard.  Dr. Reilly’s areas of interest include the role of alveolar macrophage enzymes in emphysema, COPD and lung cancer as well as the genetic and environmental factors associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Faculty Member Poster Presentation

​Faculty Member David Eckhardt and CU Standardized Patient Simulation Educator Elshimaa Basha presented the poster "A New Age in Simulation: Primed Observation, Skills Practice, and Reflection Increase Program Efficiency" at the Annual Educational Scholarship & Innovation Symposium in Aurora this past February.

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Presentation at the Florida Academy of PAs

Program Director Jonathan Bowser presented on common oral pathologies at the FL Academy of PAs in January.

​Student Wins 2nd Place in Essay Contest

Joe Jones, Class of 2016, received second place in the annual Humanism in Health Care essay contest this past February.

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Live Blue Ribbon Event 

Faculty member Jacqueline Sivahop participated in the Live Blue Ribbon event for April Child Abuse Awareness Month at Children's Hospital Colorado.

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US News & World Report Rankings

March 2015 - US News & World Report has ranked the CHA/PA program in the #5 spot in the country!

Career Teaching Scholar Award Presented to CHA/PA Alumni

Congratulations to CHA/PA graduates Brian Englund and Debby Faes for receiving the Career Teaching Scholar Award. The Department of Pediatrics gives this prestigious award to gifted teachers, both full-time faculty and clinical faculty, who have made outstanding contributions to pediatric education.

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Alumni Reception at the Wynkoop

October 2014- Almost two hundred alumni, their guests, and current students gathered for a reception on October 11th at the Wynkoop in downtown Denver.  This reception gave alumni and students the opportunity to network as well as celebrate the launching of the CHA/PA Alumni Association.  The CHA/PA Alumni Association will focus its attention on engaging and supporting alumni.  Next year's reception is scheduled for October 10, 2015 - so mark your calendars! Interested in partipating in the Alumni Association?  Contact Jonathan Bowser at

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AAPA Photo Challenge
October 2014 - The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) held its first-ever PA Week Photo Challenge in October. CHA/PA students received a runner up position as the sweetest photo.


AHEC Scholarship Recipients

October 2014 - Keli Sherman & Scott Krankkala were selected as this year's Health Professions Scholars through Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

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PAEA National Conference

Several CHA/PA faculty members presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association’s (PAEA) annual conference held in Philadelphia in October:

• "Providing Formative Feedback: Trials and Tribulations"-Cathy Ruff & David Eckhardt, CHA/PA
• "Introducing the PAEA Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest"-Gino Gianola, Univ of WA; Joyce Nieman, CHA/PA
• "Developing Script Concordance Items for Clinical Reasoning Assessment"-Rebecca Maldonado & Kevin Bogart, CHA/PA
• "Developing Functional Proficiency in Medical Spanish: Creating a Longitudinal Curriculum?"-David Eckhardt & Claudia Luna-Asturias, CHA/PA
• Basic Clinical Coordinators Workshop - Joyce Nieman, CHA/PA
• Enhanced Clinical Coordinators Workshop - Jacqueline Sivahop, CHA/PA


Poster Presentation

October 2014 - Faculty member Jacqueline Sivahop presented a poster at the 14th International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome entitled "Using a Train-the-Trainer Model for Physician Assistant Students to Provide Community Education on a State-Wide Education Outreach Campaign on the Prevention of Abusive Head Trauma".