McDaniel Honored with PAEA Outstanding Achievement Award
Janie McDaniel, BSMT, MLS(ASCP)SC, director of admissions for Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, has received the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). Presented during the PAEA annual meeting in Seattle, this national recognition honors an individual who has provided sustained, exceptional service or leadership to PAEA, or who has contributed to the advancement of the PA profession in other ways, such as scholarly activity, teaching or private arenas.
McDaniel was nominated by Reamer Bushardt, PharmD, PA-C, professor and chair of PA Studies, and L. Gail Curtis, PA-C, MPAS, assistant professor and vice chair of PA Studies. In their nomination letter, Bushardt and Curtis wrote, “Her commitment to the association leads to long days, evening effort, frequent travel, and weekend catch-up efforts. She offers these many hours of service with a smile and gratitude for the opportunity to advance a profession she loves with all her heart.”
In 1995, McDaniel joined the faculty of PA Studies and was appointed director of admissions in 2003. She has been an invited speaker at the AAPA Annual Physician Assistant Conference, the PAEA Education Forum, and the National Association of Advisors of Health Professions. Since 2005, she has been active on the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) Admissions Committee and has served as the committee chair since 2008.
“She is a committed and steadfast supporter of the PA profession, PAEA, and CASPA,” CASPA Admissions Committee member Pam Harrison Chambers wrote in her support letter. “As a committee member under Janie, I feel respected and motivated to think, work, and come up with ways to make PA education and the CASPA process better.”