We hope you had a great PA Day and were celebrated for all that you do!
This year, as we led up to the 5th Annual PA Day, we highlighted ten AAPA members at various stages in their PA careers. Head over to our PA Day Blog to catch up on any of the inspirational stories you might have missed.
Post PA Day, we'd like to continue sharing your stories and highlight the important role that pathologists' assistants play in the laboratory team. Interested in sharing your story? Let us know!
Today we are featuring Brooke Gardner, PA(ASCP)CM, a 2009 Indiana University graduate, who now serves as the school's AAPA Student Liaison.
Name: Brooke Gardner, PA(ASCP)CM
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Years as a PA: 9
"The most enjoyable part about being a PA, for me, is that I am always learning. For example, each autopsy gives me a broader idea of what 'normal' tissue looks like, giving me a better basis for understanding pathologic processes when they come to my bench. I also enjoy getting an overall picture of how our tissues and organs exist in situ, helping me to solidify my knowledge of complex anatomy between structures on my bench. I like to see how health processes (be they cancerous, infectious, acute, or chronic) and aging can change a body, inside and out, over time. This is a larger picture that is not always apparent on the bench. Conversations with pathologists and surgeons at autopsy have also helped me to better understand disciplines
of pathology, which only helps me grow. Importantly, all these facets of my job have
grow professionally, but also personally. Not only am I learning about the human body to do my job the best I can, but I am also learning in order to take care of my own health and the health of my loved ones. I love being able to take my knowledge with me when I am not wearing scrubs, to help others understand more about their own health and to be a better parent to my two small children. I firmly believe in thorough health education for everyone, and I like to do what I can to contribute to that idea. Being employed in a position that allows me so much knowledge of overall health is what I value the most about being a PA."