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CHA/PA Students and Faculty Honors, Recognition and Scholarships


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2016 Fall Reception

Our fall reception for students, alumni, and preceptors will take place on October 7th from 5:30-9:30pm at the Wynkoop Brewing Company.  Please be sure to register by October 6th.


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.

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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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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US News & World Report Rankings

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