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PA Day Member Spotlight: Brittin Cavanagh

Posted By Administration, Saturday, April 7, 2018
Updated: Friday, April 6, 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 Brittin Cavanagh, PA(ASCP)CM, a 2016 Rosalind Franklin University graduate and Chair of the AAPA Student Committee.

 

 

Name: Brittin Cavanagh, PA(ASCP)CM

Company: Kaiser Permanente Orange County

Location: Anaheim, CA

Years as a PA: 2

 

"I love being a PA.  Every day is a new adventure, a new specimen, and a new patient.  My favorite part of the day is getting to the laboratory and surveying the specimens I get to work with.  Reviewing a patient’s history gives me a sense of responsibility for that patient and allows me to ascertain what it is that I need to show the pathologists through my description and tissue samples.  I enjoy discovering how each patient is formed and uncovering unexpected findings.  Every specimen is something new to explore and I love how varied my days are because of this.

I really like volunteering for the AAPA.  Being a part of this organization has made me realize how much they do for PAs.  This is the only professional organization in which its sole purpose is to serve the PA community.  They advocate for us, bring about changes that directly affect where we can work, and help maintain and expand our scope of practice.  They provide us with resources that help us study for certification, maintain our licenses, obtain professional and individual recognition, and find jobs.  Without the AAPA our profession would not be where it is."

Want to share your story?  Add a post to our PA Day Blog, upload photos to the PA Day Photo Gallery, tag us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), and use the hashtags #PathassistDay and #TheAAPADifference!

Our Mission Statement
The AAPA is dedicated to providing comprehensive professional support for pathologists’ assistants. 

Our Core Values
Quality Patient Care, Education, Advocacy, Collaboration.



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PA Day Member Spotlight: Michelle Proctor Johnson

Posted By Administration, Friday, April 6, 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 Michelle Proctor Johnson, PA(ASCP)CM, a 1999 Duke University graduate and an avid AAPA volunteer.

 

Name: Michelle Proctor Johnson, PA(ASCP)CM

Company: Commonwealth Laboratory Consultants

Location: Richmond, VA

Years as a PA: 19

 

"I was a student graduating with a double major in biology and chemistry, and losing the desire to go to medical school.  I had a teammate who had a father working as a pathologists’ assistant, and I became interested in exploring that field of study.  I went to shadow him, and fell in love with the career path.  After 19 years into my career, I still get excited to come into work.  I can honestly say I love what I do.  I love helping families bring closure to the death of a loved one by working on an autopsy with my pathologist, and helping to put the medical mystery into a story of events.  I love performing frozen sections on a variety of cases, and feeling a part of the case in which the pathologist conveys information to adequately assess the completeness of the tissue being resected.  I am humbled to have been a part of the Duke Pathologists’ Assistant program, and to have spent years in a variety of practice settings, both academic and private practice.  I am proud to walk alongside so many wonderful pathologists’ assistants and be a part of the evolution of medicine.  The certification I hold, PA(ASCP)CM, has allowed me to be a teacher, a supervisor, a mentor.  I have had the privilege to interact with some pretty amazing individuals throughout my career, who have stretched me to be better, who have educated me on looking at things in a different way to get a better result, and to whom I have been able to teach my techniques to help in areas they may have been struggling in.  I have interacted with pathologists who have written the books we learn from, who helped pioneer the techniques we use to adequately assess tissues. 

I could go on and on, there are so many things to be thankful for in my career choice.  The one thing that resonates in my heart is the fact that our career is ever-changing.  We help start the design of a patient’s care by giving the pathologists the proper information to tailor the diagnosis of the tissue.  We help research teams have the proper tissue to test the therapies given to patients to fight for their cure.  We get to share our knowledge through meetings, posters, and volunteering through our organization to continuously strive to share our knowledge and make each other stronger.  The AAPA is more than an organization, it is a body of people with amazing talent and abilities, and I am very thankful to be allowed the opportunity to learn from members, to encourage members, and to just simply be a member."

Want to share your story?  Add a post to our PA Day Blog, upload photos to the PA Day Photo Gallery, tag us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), and use the hashtags #PathassistDay and #TheAAPADifference!

Our Mission Statement
The AAPA is dedicated to providing comprehensive professional support for pathologists’ assistants. 

Our Core Values
Quality Patient Care, Education, Advocacy, Collaboration.

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PA Day Member Spotlight: Jerry Phipps

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 5, 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 Gerald "Jerry" Phipps, BS, BHS, PA(ASCP)CM, a 1976 Duke University graduate, who recently retired after 41 years as a PA.

         

 

Name: Gerald "Jerry" Phipps, BS, BHS, PA(ASCP)CM

Location: Gainesville, FL

Organization: Retired from the University of Florida in 2017, where he spent 32 years of his career as a PA.

 

"I was in my 2nd year of the Duke PA program in Fall 1975 when the formative AAPA held its inaugural meeting in Atlanta.  My classmates and I realized the potential benefits of a professional organization and networking with graduates working in the field, so we attended and had our eyes opened to a wide variety of issues and needs.  A year later, we were new graduates sitting for the first de facto certification exam and volunteering in various capacities to make the AAPA the reality we needed and wanted.  We took pride in our accomplishments: services we could provide to our members; defining and advocating for our emerging profession; PA-specific continuing education; networking and employment assistance.  The compounded results are reflected in the superb organization we all have built over 46 years and the respect for the PA profession and practitioners.  In addition to the many benefits afforded by AAPA membership within our association and profession, opportunities exist for external involvement and rewards.  I was privileged to have a 22-year career as a NAACLS volunteer for the AAPA and the profession.  In this capacity, I worked with an amazing cast of educators in lab science professions, helped develop PA education and programs, gained experience as a Board member, and traveled extensively.  Last but hardly least, my AAPA membership made me a better PA, enhancing my ability to earn a good salary.  Now that I have retired after 41 years as a PA (the last 32 at the University of Florida), I’m reaping financial benefits with memories of places I have been and people I have met, all a result of my AAPA membership."

Want to share your story?  Add a post to our PA Day Blog, upload photos to the PA Day Photo Gallery, tag us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), and use the hashtags #PathassistDay and #TheAAPADifference!

Our Mission Statement
The AAPA is dedicated to providing comprehensive professional support for pathologists’ assistants. 

Our Core Values
Quality Patient Care, Education, Advocacy, Collaboration.

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PA Day Member Spotlight: Krista Szafranski

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 4, 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 Krista Szafranski, PA(ASCP)CM, a member of the AAPA Administration Committee and 2007 University of Maryland graduate.

         

Name: Krista Szafranski, PA(ASCP)CM

Company: Cellnetix Pathology and Laboratories, a private pathologists owned lab with 200,000+ cases a year

Location: Seattle, WA

Title: Grossing Operations Manager, 4.5 years (with Cellnetix a total of 9 years)

 

"Over the years my role as a PA has changed, however what I love about my job has always remained the same.  My drive everyday is to provide excellent patient care.  Working alongside the pathologists, behind the scenes and having a direct impact on the care of countless patients, makes each day immensely rewarding.  As I have moved away from being on the bench daily, to a managerial role, quality patient care has remained my everyday mission.

The AAPA has been a remarkable resource for me throughout my career, from networking and recruiting to aiding with policy and procedure.  Most importantly, it connects us, and gives us an  opportunity to share and receive information across the country, so that we can continually learn and grow.  I am grateful that I have a career which I enjoy and find fulfilling, and grateful that there is an organization that supports it."

Want to share your story?  Add a post to our PA Day Blog, upload photos to the PA Day Photo Gallery, tag us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), and use the hashtags #PathassistDay and #TheAAPADifference! 

Our Mission Statement
The AAPA is dedicated to providing comprehensive professional support for pathologists’ assistants. 

Our Core Values
Quality Patient Care, Education, Advocacy, Collaboration.

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PA Day at Cleveland Clinic

Posted By Anthony L. Manzo, Thursday, April 14, 2016

Today was a very happy day at Cleveland Clinic! 

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2016 PA Day is on its way!

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 5, 2016

April 14, 2016 is Pathologists’ Assistant Day. This special day places a spotlight on our profession and the wonderful people who do this work every day.

Download several new promotional banners, posters, and table tents to highlight the day at work.

Take photos of your preparations for PA Day and share them with the hashtag #PADayVisit the website today to check out all the fun.

Share your story or a short statement on how PA Day is facilitated at your institution and what is being done to celebrate the profession. Post to the PA Day blog or simply Contact Us.

We hope you will take an active role in using these materials as a means to educate others at your institution about the Pathologists’ Assistant profession. Please contact the marketing department of your institution to inquire about the possibility of placing an advertisement on your Intranet/web page, message boards, and screensavers, or in one of the hospital publications. This is a great opportunity to empower and celebrate our profession in the week leading up to and through Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, which is scheduled for April 20 - 24.

Because after all…

Each day you make a difference by providing quality patient care. We think you deserve to be recognized.

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