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Educating the Educators: A Call for Volunteers

Friday, August 28, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Educating the Educators: A Call for Volunteers

The AAPA is excited to announce a new education initiative aimed at one of the main roles of Pathologists’ Assistants – teaching.  The Preceptor Program will cover topics from providing meaningful feedback to teaching grossing using different learning styles to preventing educator burnout.  Each lesson will be based upon the latest scientific, psychological, and educational research and will feature examples directly applicable to teaching in a gross lab.

The course outline has been created and now we need PA expertise to create the lessons.  If you are interested in contributing to the creation of this course, please fill out our short survey by September 17 (watch your inbox for a separate SurveyMonkey email), which will take less than five minutes.  To be successful, this project will need a wide variety of volunteers  the wisdom of a PA who has been teaching residents for 20 years is invaluable, as is the perspective of a student or new grad navigating both sides of the learner/teacher relationship.

Whether you lecture residents, precept for a Pathologists’ Assistant program, train new hires, guide accessioners and surgical pathology techs, collaborate with OR staff on patient initiatives, or simply repeatedly explain what exactly you do to curious family and friends, we are all educators in some way.  However, many of us have found that the skills and knowledge to educate are largely learned on the job, creating a disadvantage for students entering the field and often placing PAs in uncomfortable and weak positions.  This is our chance to create a resource that further develops us as professionals and gives us the tools necessary to succeed in one of our main roles.  Please consider joining the team!

Best regards,
Meghan Pickard, PA(ASCP)CM
Education Committee Chair


Interested in more volunteer opportunities?  Our Volunteer Fair has gone virtual this year in connection with our virtual Fall for Pathology event.  Find out which committee is right for you by taking our volunteer quiz or head straight to our Volunteer Hotline to find out more about the various committees and volunteer openings available!

Still have questions?  Contact volunteer@pathassist.org.


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