AAPA is seeking manuscripts from 2nd years students as of this fall. The winning entry will receive a travel grant valued at up to $1600 to attend an upcoming Fall Conference or Spring Meeting. Click here for eligibility, rules & regulations, and to submit your manuscript.
Need some advice? Below, past winner Robert Bauer shares his words of wisdom to fellow AAPA student members.
Name: Robert A. Bauer, MS
School: Duke University School of Medicine, Class of 2018
Winning Manuscript: A Large Dedifferentiated Liposarcoma of the Spermatic Cord
Featured in: The Cutting Edge Issue 4 2017
"Last year I was awarded the student non-delegate travel grant for a case report written on a large dedifferentiated liposarcoma of the spermatic cord. The process of writing this report was a great learning experience in many ways. Writing my case report was a useful introduction to complex surgical pathology cases during my first year. It was helpful taking a deep dive into a specific disease process, learning more about critical features to note, understanding keys to taking appropriate sections, and discussing the biology behind the disease and important factors for treatment. I was fortunate to have enthusiastic PAs and pathologists talk with me about this case and help guide me in my writing.
In addition to the educational benefits of writing the case report, the prime benefit was being able to attend the AAPA Conference in San Antonio. Attending the conference was a wonderful experience and, if given the opportunity, I would strongly suggest students should try to attend. It was great meeting other PAs and PA students from across the country and learning more about the PA profession outside of school.
My advice to any students thinking about writing a case report is to start early to give yourself plenty of time. At first, it seemed like a daunting task trying to balance writing on top of classes and school work. However, working on it for 15-30 minutes at a time over a long period made it very manageable. If you are considering writing a case report, I highly recommend it!"
Ready to apply? Click here to submit your manuscript.