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."
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