NYSSPA 2013 Conference
Pace University students gathered for a fun-filled weekend at the annual New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) conference from October 4th-6th. Pace held a reception on the first evening, during which current students, alumni, and faculty were able to socialize outside of the stresses of the classroom. As the weekend progressed, students further enhanced their classroom studies by attending a series of student-targeted lectures, exploring topics such as mechanical ventilation, arterial blood gases, and managing unusual findings in the clinical setting. On the final evening, a gala dinner was held in honor of the highly revered Clara Vanderbilt, PA-C. Ms. Vanderbilt helped establish one of the country’s first PA surgical residencies and was the first president of NYSSPA (elected in 1976). It was enriching and humbling for the students to become acquainted with such a pioneer, who helped bring our profession to the well-respected and highly demanded stature that it enjoys today.
Pace was also proud to celebrate some of its students over the weekend. They cheered on fellow students Amy Rosentel, Stephanie Levy, and Evan Schumann in the annual Student Medical Jeopardy competition. Furthermore, Devora Gelbfish (a didactic year student) was recognized as one of four recipients of the highly competitive NYSSPA annual scholarship. Congratulations Devora!
Overall, the weekend provided a unique opportunity for the greater Pace University PA family to unite, and for everyone to mingle with other programs and practicing PA’s from across New York State.
Matt Lazar, PA-S & Veronica Maddocks, PA-S
Pace – LHH Physician Assistant Program