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CHA/PA Students and Faculty Honors, Recognition and Scholarships


Ruff,Cathy.jpg​Faculty Member Nominated to PAEA Position
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.

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!