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PAs Promoting the Profession: Dennis Strenk

Friday, September 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Dennis Strenk, PA(ASCP)CM
AAPA member since 2003

"On July 16th, I had the honor of giving a presentation on PathCast, which was broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook and was also recorded for later viewing.  The title of my presentation was 'An Introduction to Gross Specimen Examination', and was intended for first-year pathology residents and PA students.  I covered some basic principles of grossing and then answered questions at the end.  I was the first pathologists’ assistant to give a presentation on PathCast, and this was the first time I’ve done something like this.

One of the main reasons I agreed to give the presentation was that it gave me the opportunity to talk about the AAPA Grossing Guidelines.  I gave a summary of what is included in them and showed an example of the high quality photos that they contain.  So far, the broadcast has been viewed by people in 30 countries, with over 4,400 views (and counting) on YouTube alone.  I am hopeful this will increase interest in our Grossing Guidelines.

The invitation to present on PathCast came after I interviewed Dr. Emilio Madrigal and Dr. Rifat Mannan, the PathCast creators, on my podcast, People of Pathology.  On the podcast, I interview various individuals in pathology, laboratory medicine, and forensic medicine.  Though it isn’t only about PAs, I have interviewed a few so far, with plans for more in the future.  Many of the pathologists that I’ve spoken with have had great things to say about our profession as well.  Just recently, I participated in a crossover episode with five other podcasts.  I was the only PA involved, along with seven pathologists and two biological scientists.  We’re planning more collaborations like this soon.  Overall, the podcast has been a very positive experience, and I am happy to be able to share my experiences with others through this format."

Are you a PA promoting the profession?   Do you present at conferences to spread the word about PAs?  Offer job shadowing opportunities?  Educate students on what it takes to become a pathologists' assistant?  We want to share your story!  Send us a summary describing how you promote the PA profession and one or two high-resolution photos, and you may be our next featured member!  Alternately, if you know a colleague who goes above and beyond to spread awareness of PAs and their role in the lab, submit a nomination for your fellow member to be featured next!

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