Daniel Soderberg, MHS, PA(ASCP)CM
AAPA member since 2011
"I have been a member of the AAPA since I joined as a student in 2011. At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, we have many opportunities to showcase our profession to students and professionals interested in pathology. I am usually the contact person for any tours, observations/shadowing, and community outreach programs that involve PAs. We also train residents and fellows in grossing, and I am the liaison as a clinical rotation site for ten Quinnipiac PA students a year.
Throughout the year we do a lot of community outreach to high school students, including tours of anatomic pathology, presenting a booth at health care career fairs, and being part of a week-long career immersion program sponsored through Mayo. The high school group is often the most fun to work with simply due to the shock factor when they see what we do. We have a large collection of Plexiglas-encased formalin-fixed specimens that we choose from to display at each event. Throughout the year we also get requests from interested college students or health care professionals to shadow a PA. We typically have one to two observers a month and have been a part of sending six or seven future PAs on to various training programs, with another one or two soon on the way. In addition, I took part in preparing the inaugural continuing education symposium sponsored by the Mayo Clinic and we are currently preparing for the second to be held in June 2019.
Aside from that, I’ve also had a chance to be involved in different roles with the AAPA and ASCP. I believe we are the masters of our craft and should be at the forefront of educating, tailoring, and leading the future of our profession. Teaching and educating others has been a tremendous joy, but even more so I’ve enjoyed interacting with and learning from colleagues within the field who have great ideas and a wealth of experience."
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