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PA Day Member Spotlight: Monica Kendall

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 9, 2018

The countdown to the 5th Annual PA Day is on!
Remember, we will be observing PA Day on Friday, April 13 this year.

Over the next several days, we will highlight AAPA members at various stages in their PA careers. 

For today's Member Spotlight, we are featuring Monica Kendall, PA(ASCP)CM, a 2005 Indiana University graduate and member of the AAPA Grossing Guideline content review team.

Name: Monica Kendall, PA(ASCP)CM

Company: Mayo Clinic

Location: Rochester, MN

Years as a PA: 12.5 (supervisor for 4.5)


"I graduated from the Indiana University Pathologists’ Assistant program in 2005 and started my career at Mayo Clinic Rochester in Minnesota that same year.  I have been the PA Supervisor for the past 4.5 years and currently oversee a group of 18 PAs (two of which are starting after graduation this summer).

I feel my role as a PA supervisor at a large academic institution is to foster continual improvement of physician education and support innovative use of PAs.  We are creating the next generation of pathologists and teaching them the role of the PA in the practice as well as laying the foundation of future PA-pathologist relationships.  At a time when the face of heath care reimbursement is changing, there is a need for practices to work differently.  This need has allowed the opportunity to push the envelope for what PAs have been traditionally used for, increasing our knowledge and thus our value to pathologists.  Some of the areas of PA expansion at Mayo Clinic have included placenta and consult microscopy, death investigation, research, and increased subspecialty support—with new ideas coming forth continually.  This type of expansion increases not only job security but overall career satisfaction.

More regulation is needed regarding requirements of using certified PAs for grossing not just for professional protection, but because it is ultimately what is best for patient care.  An incorrect assessment of a surgical specimen or a body at the time of autopsy and improper selection of tissue ties the pathologist's hands from making a correct diagnosis.  Helping the medical community see the vital role we play in diagnosis is crucial and would be nearly impossible if tackled by individual pathology practices.  The AAPA provides the collective support needed to advocate to College of American Pathologists (CAP) and impact future Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) helping to regulate grossing oversight by certified pathologists' assistants."

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