Kathleen Czmut, PA(ASCP)CM
AAPA member since 2016
"My colleagues and I take part in many community outreach events in Minnesota throughout the year to help promote the PA profession. One of my favorite events is the Minnesota State Fair in the summer, where over 100,000 people attend each day. At our event booth (pictured below), we display different types of organs that show normal and diseased tissue. We get to explain the disease process or cancer that is being demonstrated and talk about what we would do with the specimen in our laboratory and how we help diagnose patients. Most of the people who stop by find the organs very interesting and have lots of questions for us.
Another fun event I recently attended was the Minneapolis 8th Grade Career Fair. All the 8th grade public school students in the area attended this event to learn about STEM occupations for their future. It feels great to help young individuals learn about medical career options such as ours.
We also facilitate shadowing opportunities for college students, participate at the yearly cancer research fair at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and give lectures at the local histology school. I personally see importance in spreading the knowledge of pathology and our PA work, and I feel lucky to be a part of a PA group that sees the significance in promoting our profession too."
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