Student Activities

With dozens of blood drives canceled due to over sixteen snowstorms in the 2013-2014 winter season in New York, the Pace University Physician Assistant Class of 2015 decided to use their numbers to deliver life-saving blood products to patients in need.  On March 6th, 2014, the PA students at Pace teamed up with the New York Blood Center and ran the most successful blood drive to date.  Read more.

On Friday February 7th, 2014 the Pace University Physician Assistant Class of 2015 commemorated the 10th annual National Wear Red Day as part of the American Heart Association's “Go Red for Women” campaign. Read more.

Pace University PA students commemorated Veteran's Day by raising funds for military children.  Read more.

In honor of PA week on October 11, 2013, clinical year PA students from Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA Program joined recent graduates and the PAs of Lenox Hill Hospital to educate more than 100 high school students about the physician assistant profession and the path to becoming a PA. Read more.

Pace University students recently gathered for a fun-filled weekend at the annual New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) conference.  Read more.

PA students recently joined the NYC marathon as volunteers. Read more.

Kudos to clinical associate professor Ellen Mandel, DMH, MPA, PA-C, and PA graduates Carolyn Mueller, PA-C, RT(R), Molly Perry, PA-C, RD, Lisa DeCicco, PA-C; their CME article on colorectal cancer screening was published in Clinician Review in the November 2013 issue.



Tiffany (Carter) Fiore, a 2012 graduate from the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant program, recently returned from a surgical mission in Santiago, Dominican Republic where she took part in 5 reconstructive scoliosis cases. Read more.





Kudos to assistant clinical professor Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C, and Krista Tannery, MPA-C, a 2012 graduate of the PA completion program.  Their article “Pancreatic cancer: Practical strategies for early diagnosis and management” is in the October 2013 JAAPA.

Pace PA students recently volunteered with the Tzu Chi Manhattan Service Center to feed the elderly & hungry. Read more.


Congrats to assistant clinical professor Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C, and Anita Hariprashad, RPA-C, a recent PA graduate.  Their article "Acute respiratory distress syndrome: An overview for physician assistants" is in the September 2013 JAAPA

Kudos to clinical associate professor Ellen Mandel, DMH, MPA, PA-C, and PA students Eric Chin & Yosif Arabov.  Their article "A guide for screening, diagnosing, and managing Chagas disease in the United States" is in the September 2013 JAAPA. 



Keiley Indivero, a soon to be graduate of the class of 2013,  was presented with the opportunity to go to Haiti with her Family Care PA preceptor Nicole Pitzer under the umbrella of a non-profit organization called Stone by Stone.  This organization tries to bring quality, reliable, and consistent health care to nine villages in Haiti.  Keiley’s responsibilities while working in the clinic will include assisting the midwife who is also teaching prenatal care, and educating the people of Haiti about basic health care. 

This is a very exciting and  valuable international medical experience for Keiley.  The program is proud our students are seeking such opportunities and financially supports these missions.



Kudos to Benjamin Bradley, PA-S, Anne Chamani, PA-S, Daniel Hack, PA-S for their recent publication on Compartment Syndrome in Clinician


Congratulations to Stephanie Apanah, a 2011 graduate from our Bachelor’s program and a 2012 graduate from our Master’s Completion program and Dr. Denise Rizzolo. Their article on taking a multidisciplinary approach to sickle cell disease was published in the August issue of JAAPA.


Congratulations to Dr. Jean Covino and Kayla Zappolo, Danielle DeFeo, and David Dang, PA students from the class of 2013, for the publication of their article in JAAPA on recognizing and treating childhood leukemia. Read the article here.

PA students held a successful blood drive, getting a great turnout despite an unexpected snowstorm. Read more.

PA students recently volunteered at the annual New Alternatives for Children (NAC) Olympics.  Read more.

PA Program rose to the challenge and received the Platinum level award for their generous work. Read more.

Congratulations to Hima Vadakel, RPA-C and Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C for their June 2013 publication on the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Read the article here.

Japanese Medical Society of America recognizes Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA Student. Read more here.

Congrats to our clinical year students Claudia Ashforth and Kristine Daugherty along with Dr. Ellen Mandel on the publication of their article on Pediatric GERD in Clinical Reviews this month. Click here to read the article.

In the fall of 2012, Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant program students Eric Chin, Angelo Asheh, Dominique Sisto and class of 2012 graduate Diana Pechenaya teamed up with Covenant House, a Manhattan-based runaway youth shelter, to launch a project that promotes healthy behaviors among at-risk youth.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's “Cycle for Survival” is an annual indoor team cycling event dedicated to raising money to support ongoing research towards finding cures for rare cancers. Pace University's clinical year PA students, Sara Cohen, Ashley DiCicco, Heather Marzella, and Jackie Schefkind decided to join the fight and pedal away for these cancer patients. They organized the PAce Pedallers team and set a goal of raising $2,500. With determination they were able to exceed that amount and raised a total of $3,122!  Kudos to the Pace Pendallers for their superb effort and actions to help provide hope for cancer patients in their battle to survive! Photo (from left to right): Sara Cohen, Heather Marzella, Jackie Schefkind, Ashley DiCicco

In addition to our student society program representatives Michelle Melchiorre and Lauren Cicale (class of 2014), Carolyn Mueller (class of 2013), Roxanne Arvanaghi and Aaron Weber (class of 2014) were selected to be part of the Student Academy delegation to the AAPA House of Delegates.  Fifty-one students will represent all 18,000 PA students from around the country at the HOD and be their voice to the profession.  Pace faculty are very proud to have five students from the program representing not only Pace University but all PA students as members of the Assembly of Representatives and House of Delegates at the AAPA conference in May 2013.  We are delighted our students are striving to be active in their professional organizations and embrace their commitment to the  profession so early on in their careers!

Pace University’s PA program was recently recognized for 100% NYSSPA membership in the class of 2014.  This photo shows Susan Cappelmann, Associate Director of the Pace PA program (first from right) with a plaque from NYSSPA.  Also pictured are representatives from other universities with 100% NYSSPA membership and Mark Zender, PA-C, NYSSPA President (center).

Pace PA students and faculty enjoyed a gala dinner at the recent NYSPPA conference. According to the NYSPPA newsletter, “The NYSSPA Conference in mid-October was a resounding success, with our best attendance in years.”

Pace students were joined by AAPA President Robert Wooten, PA-C (back row, second from left) and NYSSPA President Mark Zender, PA-C (first from right) at the NYSSPA Halloween Party.  According to the NYSSPA newsletter, the NYSSPA Student Directors hosted the party, which offered both students and graduates a time to mingle, network, and enjoy a night of fun and dancing.  Many students and graduates alike danced well into the early morning.

David Jackson (first from right), DHSc, PA-C, NYSSPA Past President & Government Affairs Chair, AAPA 2nd Vice Speaker with AAPA & NYSSPA leadership, including (from the left): John Hallowell, MBA, PA-C NYSSPA VP/Chief Delegate; Maureen Regan, MBA, PA-C, NYSSPA President Elect; Robert Wooten, PA-C AAPA Past-President; Peter Kuemmel, MS, PA-C, NYSSPA Past President; Mark Zender, MPAS, PA-C, NYSSPA President.

Pace PA students (Cynthia Hermiz, class of 2014, Robert Aromondo, class of 2013, and Claudia Ashforth, class of 2013) took part in NYSSPA’s annual Medical Jeopardy Challenge.  They competed against Albany Medical College, Hofstra University, Long Island University, New York Institute of Technology, CCNY PA Program at Harlem Hospital Center, SUNY Stonybrook University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Weill Cornell.  Topics ranged from cardiology, pharmacology, the PA profession, and more.  Although Pace didn’t win this year, we advanced to the second round and look forward to competing again next year.

Pace student Kevin Nelson, class of 2014, won a NYSSPA $1000 scholarship.  He is pictured here with Susan Cappelmann, PA-C (left) and David Jackson, PA-C (right).  Four scholarships were given to NYSSPA student members. They were awarded based on academics, financial need, and  community service activities.

The NYSSPA Fall CME conference gives students and practicing PAs the opportunity to come together for a weekend of informative lectures on a variety of topics.  Students attended lectures on emergency medicine, neurology, OB/GYN, pulmonology, cardiology, family practice, and surgery.  In addition to the lectures, students were able to participate in workshops that included suturing, advanced suturing, and EKG interpretation. This photo shows Aaron Weber, class of 2014 and Claudia Ashforth, class of 2013, practicing their suturing skills.

Kim Maiers, class of 2014 and Meredith Beard, class of 2014 reviewing instrumentation at the NYSSPA Fall CME conference

Andrew Jacobowitz, class of 2014 receiving instruction in knot tying techniques with Gerard Simons, PA-C, at the NYSSPA Fall CME conference