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The January 2020 News Edition of the National Commission of the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) published an article featuring Shenandoah University Physician Assistant (SUPA) student Abby Sekulich. Abby helped Director Tony Miller to create a leadership training program called the “Shenandoah University Physician Assistant Student Society (SUPASS) Summit” which was designed to enhance student leadership skills, build teamwork, and teach strategies to prevent burnout. Facilitated by PAEA’s Senior Director of Organizational Development, Kendal Mealy, the Summit’s exercises focused on students sharing their visions, enabling others to act, and publicly recognizing their peers while developing their encouragement skills. In so doing, SUPA students built camaraderie and fostered positive relationship-building with the future hope of helping to create positive health care environments which would prevent future medical errors and improve patient outcomes in their professional careers.
Abby Sekulich, PA-S ’20
Choosing SUPA over other PA programs was the easiest decision on my post-bachelor journey to PA school. From the first hours of being on campus for interview day, the sense of community and family support was palpable when talking with both current students and faculty. Coming from a background in music therapy, it was important that the program engaged in inter-professional education. The program not only does that but also creates a cohort with varied life experiences so that we continually teach and learn from one another beyond the classroom medical model.”
Bradley Bailey, PA-S ‘19
Faculty and students were so kind and welcoming. I knew I would not only receive an excellent education, but I would have the support necessary to succeed. Since being an SU student, I continue to be challenged and encouraged reassuring me that I made the right choice. I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a great program.”
Nicole Jones, PA-S ‘18
I knew that SU was the right program for me, the second I entered the building. The program’s commitment to service, coupled with the caring and compassionate staff made me feel like I was home. I knew that I wanted to learn from this amazing group of providers and I knew that they could make me the professional that I desired to be. Choosing SU was one of the easiest decisions I ever made.”
Kirk Livers, PA-C ’18
Shenandoah was my first choice from the very beginning when deciding to become a PA. The prestige of the program, coupled with the warm, positive atmosphere makes Shenandoah an obvious choice. There is a focus on life-long learning, volunteerism, and an inter-professional approach to medicine. I am confident that I will not only be a confident PA, but an overall better person after this experience.”
Amber Beckman, PA-C ’17
I chose Shenandoah primarily because of the family atmosphere and the genuine interest that everyone expressed in the success of one another. This has proven more and more true during my time here: there is no concern over your class rank, no (serious) grade competition, and everyone is more than willing to help you if you ask. I also chose Shenandoah because of the very balanced approach to education. Sure, there is a heavy focus on medical knowledge, but the commitment to work outside in the community, to missions, to professional and personal growth. Nowhere else had I seen such a holistic mentality and it has most certainly helped prepare me to be the best PA I can be.”
Brian Collins, PA-C ’16
After all the hard work, hours of studying, sacrificing time away from family and friends, it was all worth it in the end. SU was my first choice and it was the best choice.”
Sarah DeLuca, PA-C ’15
I decided on Shenandoah because of its excellence in pass rates, the inviting and friendly atmosphere from the staff and students, and the emphasis they place on outreach and global missions. I believe this university integrates my two passions: medicine and serving others through missions. They provide a comprehensive foundation for primary care and present many volunteer opportunities, preparing me to pursue my skills in any location or setting. Throughout my time at school, I constantly feel welcomed, encouraged, and confident that I chose the best career.”
Joshua Harris, PA-C ’15
I chose SU because of their superior dedication to provide medical service in rural or underserved communities. The facility, atmosphere, and welcoming faculty and students further led to my choice to attend SU. I believe this program can assist in taking my aspirations to serve the less fortunate groups of people to the next level, and I am incredibly happy with my decision.”
Emily Engel, PA-C ’14
My years at SU were filled with unforgettable people and experiences and I left with lifelong friends that are more like family.”
Chelsea Reamy, PA-C ’11
Shenandoah University was my only choice for PA school! Approaching my senior year in college, I found myself wondering what would be my next step. Although I had majored in chemistry, I knew I wanted a career in medicine. Shenandoah University offered a friendly group of faculty and staff that encouraged an environment of learning. Despite the tough journey through PA school, it was all worth it. Not only did I attain a degree to practice medicine, but I also experienced the wonders of mission work in Nicaragua. During my second year, I served a vital role on the women’s health team treating patients and mentoring first year students. I currently work at the National Institutes of Health in the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, which requires a broad range of knowledge. I have no doubt in my mind that Shenandoah University has been the best choice in preparing me for my career.”
Candice Moreland, PA-C ’10