On May 11th, 2013, the Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) held their 41st Annual Spring Dinner at the Yale Club in New York City. During this event, Chihiro Shinohara, a Pace University PA student from the class of 2014, was awarded the Nippon Life Scholarship by the organization. She was recognized as the first physician assistant student to receive a scholarship from JMSA and is also the first PA student member to represent JMSA.

JMSA is a national organization that brings Japanese healthcare providers together to better support and provide medical care for the Japanese community in the United States. The physician assistant profession is not recognized in Japan, so Chihiro will focus her efforts on educating the Japanese community about the profession and the role of PAs.  Her plans to accomplish this include information sessions to Japanese high school and college students to educate them about PAs and their role in healthcare.

Pictured with Chihiro is Kathleen Roche, Director of the Physician Assistant Program at Pace University, and David Jackson, Director of Admissions for the program, who attended the event in support of her award.