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CHA/PA Students and Faculty Honors, Recognition and Scholarships


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Student Elected as CAPA Board of Directors Student Director

Karli Nash, CHA/PA Class of 2020, was elected into the new Student Director position for the Board of Directors of the Colorado Academy of PAs (CAPA). This new position on the voting board is meant to improve communication around student interests and issues.

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Student Elected to AAPA House of Delegates

Katie Ganser, CHA/PA Class of 2021, Vice President of the Silver Society, was elected to the AAPA House of Delegates as a Student Delegate. The AAPA House of Delegates is the policymaking body that votes on and enacts policies that guide the values, philosophies, and principles of the PA profession.

Faculty and Staff Involvement in the 2018 PAEA Education Forum

Kay Denler, BA, Director of Admissions & Program Systems- Effective Interviewing Beyond the MMI Presentation

Jacqueline Sivahop, MS, PA-C, Associate Program Director- Program Quality, Associate Professor of Pediatrics- President's Address & Competencies Panel: Spotlight on Our Future; Core Competencies for New PA Graduates

Joyce Nieman, MHS, PA-C, Clinical Site Educator, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Janice Baker, MHR, Clinical Coordinator- Team-Based Approach to Clinical Education Panel Discussion

Amy Akerman, MPAS, PA-C, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics- Preceptor Recruitment Through State and Federal Policy Action Poster Presentation and Panel Discussion

Amy Akerman, MPAS, PA-C, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Rachel Byrne, MS, PA-C, Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics- Increasing Student Confidence in Addressing Alcohol Use Through Alcoholics Anonymous Poster Presentation

Rachel Byrne, MS, PA-C, Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics- Transforming the Student Experience: Making Resilience a Priority Panel Discussion

Rachel Byrne, MS, PA-C, Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics- PAEA MAT Waiver Initiative Panel Discussion

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Barbara A. Quarantillo Scholarship Recipient

Kelly Antolic, CHA/PA Class of 2019, was awarded the Barbara A. Quarantillo Scholarship. This Scholarship is awarded to one Physician Assistant student each year to attend the annual Children's Hospital Colorado Pediatric Infectious Disease Conference in Vail, Colorado.

Ogden Denise crop1.jpgWelcoming New Faculty Member Denise Ogden

Denise Ogden, MA, PA-C, has recently joined the faculty at the University of Colorado CHA/PA Program as a Clinical Instructor.  In her position with the program, she will serve as Co-Director for various blocks and threads of the Colorado Curriculum. Denise was originally from Illinois but has lived in Colorado for the past 30 years.  She graduated from the CHA/PA Program in 1996 and spent the next 22 years with Swedish Family Medicine Residency where she was a faculty member and practiced Family Medicine.

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"
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.