PA Shadowing Online
The OAPA is excited to help join prospective PA students with current Oklahoma PAs that are available to shadow. The Oklahoma City and Tulsa OU PA Programs along with the OAPA worked to find a solution that would provide an easy way for PAs and prospective PA students to connect. We are now referring our members and students to PA Shadow Online, which is a great tool to help contact PAs in your area. As a reminder, read each PA profile carefully, as some have different requests regarding prerequisites, making contact, and scheduling.
The National Society of Black Physician Assistants
The National Society of Black Physician Assistants (NSBPA), an organization whose mission is to, “create a culturally responsible Physician Assistant workforce that adequately represents the diversity found in our world, and focuses on eradication of health disparities, especially in Black communities.”
The NSBPA is reaching out to inform that our mentorship program is seeking qualified PA-Cs to fill mentor roles for our second mentorship cohort that launches in January 2022. The application will be available via this link starting today. Please feel free to share this information widely.
From the NCBPA:
“Our mentorship structure is simple – creation of geographically similar “families” consisting of pre-PA students, current PA students, and practicing certified PAs of varying experience levels, who can interact remotely due to current pandemic restrictions (via Zoom, e-mail, and group texts) with the goal of in-person shadowing and interactions in the future. The NSBPA will provide structured events prior to the start, and throughout the mentorship process to ensure expectations and goals are communicated to all participants. This structure will increase accessibility to practicing PAs of color, increase knowledge of the profession and PA school process, and foster a community of support for all participants.
We recognize the lack of diversity in our field and the unique challenges many BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Physician Assistant students, and practicing PA-Cs, face. We believe an adequately diverse and humanity-driven field supports our mental health and wellbeing, as well as our patients. Please join us”