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CHA/PA Students and Faculty Honors, Recognition and Scholarships


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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.

CAPA Scholarship Recipient

Candace Bassett, Class of 2018, was awarded the Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants scholarship.  This scholarship recognizes students who show dedication to the PA profession through leadership, scholarship, PA promotion, service, competence, and professionalism.

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Educational Scholars Program of APA

Faculty member Rebecca Maldonado was selected as the first (and only) PA to be a scholar in the Educational Scholars Program of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA).   

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Faculty member David Eckhardt was selected to serve on the PAEA Assessment Council.

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Faculty member Jacqueline Sivahop had an article published in the PAEA Networker, "Creating a Centralized Schedule for Clinical Sites".

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Faculty member Cathy Ruff has been nominated to a new position in the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) as the Conference Council Chair starting in January 2016.  The Conference Council promotes the excellence of PA education through ongoing professional development and networking of PA program faculty and others involved in PA education, including, but not limited to, PAEA’s Annual Education Forum and the AAPA Annual Conference. The committee’s main responsibilities revolve around the Annual Education Forum. The committee solicits proposals for education sessions at the Forum, reviews the submissions in a blinded process, schedules the presentations, and moderates and evaluates the sessions.

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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.

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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!