AAPA is now accepting manuscripts reporting on cases or techniques that would enhance the knowledge of the pathologists' assistant at the anatomic pathology bench or at autopsy. Submissions are due by June 1st, 2019. All 2nd year, non-delegate students are eligible to apply. Click here for eligibility, rules & regulations, and to submit your manuscript.
Need inspiration? Below, 2018 Student Non-Delegate Travel Grant winner Samantha Etters recounts how her experience writing her winning manuscript taught her to find joy in the journey, not just the destination.
Name: Samantha Etters
School: Wayne State University
Winning Manuscript: Breast Cancer Metastasis to the Colon Presenting After Fifteen Years
Featured in: The Cutting Edge Issue 4 2018
"Writing and winning the student non-delegate travel grant was an incredible experience, and one of the highlights of my time as a student. If you are considering applying, I strongly recommend it! It was certainly a challenge, and it took a lot of self-motivation to dedicate time to writing the manuscript while also balancing regular coursework. But even if I had not won, it was a worthwhile reward to have researched and written my own case study. I worked with a fantastic pathologists’ assistant and pathologist who aided me in gathering and discussing the case history and taking my photographs. Working on the manuscript piece by piece and dedicating a few hours every week allowed me to keep myself on track and made it a less daunting task to complete. My advice is to start early, set aside some time every week, and just break up the work into smaller pieces.
Having the opportunity to attend the AAPA conference as a student was amazing for several reasons. I met current PA students from across the continent, and connected with alumni of my school and current PAs working all over the country and across the world. I also enjoyed learning about new research in the field of pathology, grossing techniques and tricks, and spending time in the amazing city of New Orleans. It was truly an unforgettable experience, and I would encourage anyone considering applying to do so."
Ready to apply? Click here to submit your manuscript.