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Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant program (NYC)

Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA Program (NYC)’s recent graduate Tiffany Alvarez  Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA Program (NYC)’s recent graduate Tiffany Alvarez speaking to group of people

Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA Program (NYC)’s recent graduate Tiffany Alvarez presented her poster, “Promising Anti-Cancer Properties of Metformin: A Novel use for a New Drug” at The Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology (APAO) 22nd Annual Oncology Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts in August. The presentation was completed as an independent research project with faculty advisor Agnes Compagnone, MS, PA-C. Clinical Associate Professor, Kate Kunstel, MMSc, PA-C was an invited speaker at the Symposium and presented on Oncologic Emergencies on the Oncology 101 Track. Professor Kunstel also serves on the APAO conference planning committee. Clinical year student, Joseph Martone, PA-S also participated in the Symposium.The APAO offers free membership to students and has many opportunities for student engagement and participation. The APAO Annual Oncology Symposium offers a tremendous opportunity for education, collaboration, and networking for oncology clinicians and students alike.

 

The Pace-Lenox Hill Hospital PA Program Class of 2019 students participated on May 20 in the 2019 AAPA National Medical Challenge Bowl in Denver, Colorado, and successfully battled their way to the semi-final round! Pace students fiercely competed against 103 other PA Programs to earn the prestigious semi-finalist title.

Pace students at 2019 AAPA National Medical Challenge Bowl in Denver, Colorado  Pace students at 2019 AAPA National Medical Challenge Bowl in Denver, Colorado  Pace students at 2019 AAPA National Medical Challenge Bowl in Denver, Colorado

 

In March, Pace University – Lenox Hill Hospital PA Program (NYC), Class of 2020, as well as a number of faculty, dedicated their time to give back to the Greater New York City area during a “March Month of Service.” Students had the chance to break into small groups and find a cause that they were passionate about. Volunteer activities included tutoring, donating blood, teaching children to skate, bringing lunch to the homeless, aiding at animal shelters, park clean ups, volunteering at philanthropic events, and more! Overall, the Pace University Lenox-Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program helped more than 23 different organizations and provided a total of 152 hours of service throughout the month. Students continued to be involved in great causes. On April 12, students participated in National Donate Life Day by dressing in blue and green (see class photo below) to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplantation and raise awareness of the extreme need for registered donors.

Female pace student with sheep  Female pace student with tiny dog  Female pace student with pugg dog Pace students posing in front of the Arnold and Marie Schwartz hall of science  4 female pace students handing out yellow t-shirts  Pace Students in a classroom in the science center

 

On October 18th, the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA Class of 2020 participated in Light the Night, a citywide event hosted by the American Leukemia Lymphoma Society. The Class of 2020 surpassed their original goal by raising more than $36,000! Survivors and their family members shared their stories facing these diseases. The night ended with a walk around the Historic Sea Port District in honor of those who have fought, and continue to fight, against Leukemia and Lymphoma.

30-40 pace students with chinese lanterns ready for flight

 

The Pace University Lenox-Hill PA Program Class of 2020 has been busy celebrating National Physician Assistant Week, held annually from October 6th to 12th! Some students attended the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) Conference from October 5th  - 7th held in Albany, NY.  Clinical students from the Class of 2019 joined the current didactic year students and competed against other PA Schools in a Jeopardy Tournament, placing in second! In addition, the Class of 2020 students attended “PAs on the Plaza” in New York City on the set of NBC’s Today show. The class was able to connect with fellow PA students from across the tri-state area, while also spreading awareness of the profession.

Lenox-Hill PA Program Class of 2020Lenox-Hill PA Program Class of 2020

 

The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA NYC Program went to PS 122 Mamie Fay in Queens for oral health education and outreach. Children ages 5 to 10 were given an interactive presentation created by the physician assistant students. The students really enjoyed the opportunity to teach this community all about oral health care. Tamar Fishweicher, a didactic year student, stated, “The Oral Health Outreach Project gave me an opportunity to give back to my community in a dynamic and interactive way, while helping younger children broaden their oral health care knowledge.” Afterwards, a goody bag, full of oral hygiene supplies, was provided so that the children could share what they learned with their family. The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital physician assistant students have partaken in this project for two years now, and we have hopes to make this a tradition for the years to come.

Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA NYC Program at the PS 122 Mamie Fay in QueensPace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA NYC Program at the PS 122 Mamie Fay in QueensPace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA NYC Program at the PS 122 Mamie Fay in Queens

 

The Pace University – Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant program hosted their annual blood drive through American Red Cross. Despite the snowstorm, we are happy to announce that we hadmore than 100 people donate blood. We are very proud of our students and faculty who donated their time (and blood) in the support to save a life. We plan on continuing to host this blood drive yearly.

 


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Class of 2019 students from the Pace University-Lenox Hill Physician Assistant NYC Program ran 5K and 10K races for the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation, which raises money for testicular cancer. The races took place on Roosevelt Island. Students Shannon Salem and Sophie Pollack placed in the top 2 and 3 spots for women! Shannon Salem said, “One of the main reasons I decided to run this race was for the cause. As an avid runner, it’s kind of a win-win situation. My classmates and I were able to support an amazing cause and enjoy the 5/10K simultaneously.” The students were cheered on by fellow classmates, despite the rainy day. The Class of 2019 students also enjoyed summer solstice yoga in Times Square after class in June.

 

Pace University-Lenox Hill Physician Assistant NYC Program at the 5K and 10K races for the Sean Kimerling Testicular Cancer Foundation

The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant NYC Program is looking forward to incorporating the new Peer Mentorship Program to welcome the Class of 2020 created by Class of 2019 student, Katrina Overton. The Peer Mentorship Program pairs second-year clinical students with new, incoming didactic students, serving to allow a smooth integration of new students into our program. The partnerships provide mentorship both in and outside the classroom and strengthen relationships among the classes to generate a cohesive physician assistant student body. 

 

Matthew Fortunato, received a Rudin Primary Health Care Scholars scholarship from CHP. The scholarship, made possible by a grant from the Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation, Inc., is intended to increase the number of primary care nurse practitioners and physician assistants. 

The Pace University – Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant program class of 2019 is holding a toy drive, food donation, and coat donation for the holidays. The class is asking for donations of toys, non-perishable foods, and new or gently used winter coats to support the drives. Toys will be donated to the Mount Sinai Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department. Non-perishable food will be donated to the Bowery Mission and coats will be donated to NYC Cares. Now through December 14th items can be dropped off in Professor Kate Kunstel’s office(163 William St, 5th Floor) or given to a SAAPA member. The class greatly appreciates all donations.

Lenox Hill Hospital logoCongratulations to the following Lenox Hill Hospital team members on their new positions:

Shira Ashear PA, Obstetrics and Gynecology -class of 2017

Nataliya Bilan PA, Otolaryngology - class of 2017

Sarah Koniarski PA, Cardiology – class of 2017

Kara Loo PA, Cardiology – class of 2017

Michelle Moreno PA, Cardiothoracic Surgery – class of 2017

Kevin Nelson PA, Emergency Medicine – class of 2014

Edwin Oey PA, Emergency Medicine – class of 2015

Ronni Shalem PA, Neurosurgery – class of 2017

Daniel Cox PA, Urology – class of 2017

Mark DeJesus PA, Urology – class of 2017

Congratulations to Lauren Giuffre PA, class of 2014, on winning the Lenox Hill PA of the Year award and the Lenox Hill PA Educator of the Year award.

Congratulations to Jordan Vallese PA, class of 2009, for being nominated for the Lenox Hill PA of the Year. 

 

Pace University- Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant program class of 2019

The Pace University- Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant program class of 2019, celebrated National Physician Assistant week, held annually from October 6th to 12th to increase awareness of the profession and its contributions to our nation's health. The class gathered to join hundreds from the Northeast Region for “PAs on the Plaza” in New York City to be on set on NBC’s Today show. This was the fifth year in a row that members of the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program participated in the event, which is held at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

 

The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program class of 2019

The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program class of 2019 worked alongside the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: an organization that has positively impacted many people facing blood cancer through its research efforts.

Their fundraising team, succeeded in surpassing not only their goal of $25,000, but $28,197.93 and counting! This is the fifth year that Pace PA students proudly worked alongside the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the annual Light the Night event at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Pace PAs have consistently been members of the $10K VIP Donor Club, but this year also marked a new record, they were in third place for the “Friends and Family Team” in New York City. Even with their small class size, they were able to stand among big contributors, such as Morgan Stanley. 

 

Pace University – Lenox Hill Hospital PA Program logoPace University – Lenox Hill Hospital PA Program's student, Ian Golden, has been chosen as one of PAEA's 2017 Future Educator Fellows! The Future Educator Fellowship — designed to enhance PA students’ understanding of medical education and academic careers in PA education — has a new crop of participants. The newest cohort of 15 fellows will kick off the year-long program at the Education Forum in Denver next month, where they will attend education sessions, get to know each other, and begin the process of learning all they can about the pathway to PA education. Congratulations to the newest PAEA Future Educator Fellows! 

 


 

Pace University – Lenox Hill Hospital PA StudentsPace University – Lenox Hill Hospital PA Students recently spread some holiday cheer at Lenox Hill’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. After completing final exams, students volunteered to travel uptown and adorn the NICU with all sorts of holiday-themed décor.  “In college, I volunteered with my friends to decorate pediatrics wings of hospitals, and it was always so much fun for everyone involved,” said Nicole Pagones, who coordinated the volunteer efforts. “I think that decorating really does make a difference and brightens people’s days. We could all use a little cheer!”  While this is Pace’s first time decorating Lenox Hill’s NICU, it just may be the start of a new holiday tradition for the program and the hospital.


 

 

 


The Pace University- Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program recently held a symbolic white coat ceremony to mark the students’ The Pace University- Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program studentsmove from didactic (classroom learning) to clinical rotations (hands-on patient care).  Speakers inspired students to successfully complete their studies and have a long-term commitment to their chosen field as compassionate, caring professionals.  Read more.


In the wake of mass shootings at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Pace Physician Assistant students recently reached out to healthcare Pace Physician Assistant studentsproviders at Orlando Regional Medical Center to express support and sympathy.  Their card said, "We were reminded at the opening pride rally that the LGBT community - when faced with adversity and darkness - has always known how to celebrate living.  We spent this pride celebrating love for one another and the lives of those lost in the recent Orlando tragedy."  -Pace PA Class of 2017.  Read more.


Pace Physician Assistant students and staff headed to San Antonio, TexasPace Physician Assistant students and staff headed to San Antonio, Texas this May for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) conference. Students had the opportunity to attend lectures on a wide variety of topics, present research to colleagues from across the U.S., and meet fellow PAs and other students.  They also attended the AAPA annual “House of Delegates” meeting to stay informed about pressing issues surround the PA career today, and how to advocate for the advancement of the profession. Read more.


In March, Physician Assistant students volunteered at the Pajama Program charity in Manhattan. Students raised funds to sponsor a field trip for a kindergarten class Physician Assistant students volunteered at the Pajama Program charity in Manhattanfrom an underserved community in Brooklyn, NY. The students also volunteered their time as reading partners for this kindergarten class. This was a special experience for 30 kindergarteners, who each received a new pair of pajamas, a new book, and one-on-one reading time with a Pace PA student. Our students shared time with the kindergarteners, including listening to a children’s author read a newly published book about counting coins and the importance of saving money, and each child took home a personalized piggy bank. The rest of the time was spent sharing snacks and reading to the kids in pairs.  Read more.



The Pace University-Lennox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program blood driveThe Pace University-Lennox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program organized a successful blood drive with the American Red Cross at Pace University on March 11. As a result of months of preparation and efforts of the students and staff, hundreds of pints of blood were donated. PA students also ran a bone marrow donor sign up station, where potential donors swabbed their cheeks in hopes of being a life-saving match with a person in need. Read more.



The Class of 2017 organized a bake sale on Valentine’s Day at Pace University to raise money for the “Save a Child’s Heart” organization. PA students sold flowers and Class of 2017 bake sale on Valentine’s Day at Pace University home-made desserts. Shira Ashear -- one of the event coordinators -- said, “This event was a great example of how we support one another in PA school, whether it’s by helping each other study, or taking the time to bake cupcakes to raise funds for a great cause. Our class never hesitates to stand behind a cause and support one another, I love that about the PA students at Pace.”  We raised over $600 from this event to fund a life-saving cardiac surgery for a child who needs it. 


The Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA programThe Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA program was recently honored at the annual Light the Night Soirée, and was presented with the Manhattan Mission Award in recognition of raising over $13,600 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and for participating in the Light the Night walk. Program Director Susan Cappelmann accepted the award on behalf of the program. Professors and many students from the class of 2016 and 2017 joined together to celebrate with cancer survivors and their friends and families.


The PA class of 2017 is raising funds for an organization called Save A Child's Heart, whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric The PA class of 2017cardiac care for children from countries where the heart surgery they need is unobtainable. After learning about congenital heart disease, the students realized how important emergent cardiac surgery is in the life of a child and their family.


PA students and professors participating in a free ride at Soul CyclePA students and professors recently kicked off the new year by participating in a free ride at Soul Cycle. Professors Shannon North and Kate Kunstel joined 18 of their students on January 4 for this event. According to Professor North, "It was really uplifting to see all the students working together. It was a wonderful team-building event and raises awareness of health and PA education in our community." Pace PA students will have the opportunity to ride at the financial district studio in January at select classes free of charge. Read more.


PA students educated 70 kindergarten students on how to brush their teeth, proper flossing technique, and key foods to eat for healthy teeth. On October 28, under the guidance of adviser Denise Rizzolo, PA-C, PhD, Pace PA students visited Spruce Street School to teach children all about brushing their teeth in a fun an interactive way, using a large scale tooth model, songs, and coloring activities. PA students educated 70 kindergarten students