The first class of Ithaca College’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program started a chapter on campus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). As part of this, the cohort has begun work in conjunction with the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) on an initiative called Project Access, which aims to encourage high school students from underrepresented minoritized groups to consider the PA profession as a career.
The AAPA’s National PA Week ran through Oct. 6 – 12 where IC’s PA learners dedicated themselves to service to the community. During that time, the class decided to host a table at Apple Fest as well as create a presentation for students from Ithaca High School.
“The goal is to diversify the profession and reach out to those kids who otherwise wouldn't have the chance to hear about this or wouldn't have the chance to get connected with these important resources,” said Christina Minenna ’23, president of the IC AAPA student chapter.
At Apple Fest, the PA students hosted a table on the Commons to provide information about the program in conjunction with PAEA and Project Access, to promote their upcoming presentation to high school students on Oct. 6, and to talk about their new facility located on the Commons.