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Janie McDaniel receives Outstanding Achievement Award

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Janie McDaniel

PA Studies faculty member Janie McDaniel, BSMT, MLS (ASCP) SC, was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award on November 8, 2012 at the Annual Awards Luncheon held during PAEA's Annual Education Forum. The award honors a person who has provided sustained, exceptional service or leadership to the Physician Assistant Education Association or who has contributed to the advancement of the physician assistant profession in other ways (such as scholarly activity or teaching).

McDaniel joined the Wake Forest PA program faculty in 1995. She has been the director of admissions for the program since 2003 and also teaches diagnostic medical sciences. In 2005, McDaniel accepted a position with the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) Admissions Committee and in 2007 was named the chair of CASPA board.

McDaniel was nominated for the Outstanding Achievement Award by PA program chair Reamer Bushardt and vice chair Gail Curtis. "Professor McDaniel gives her all, all the time, for the PA profession and particularly for Wake PA students," said Curtis. "She has a stellar scholarly, teaching, and educational record. She is nationally known for her work with CASPA and AAPA. There was no one who more deserved this award than Professor McDaniel. Remarkably, though not a PA herself, she embodies all the best characteristics that make a great PA. Professor McDaniel is truly a star, and we are glad she is in our galaxy!"

McDaniel began her career in the medical field working in hospital laboratories. After starting in PA Studies at Wake Forest as an adjunct faculty member and adding many more projects to her workload, McDaniel has really enjoyed the transformation . "I feel like this is my chosen career," said McDaniel. "I have kicked myself many times for not becoming a PA. Being able to say that I made a difference in the PA profession is the most important thing to me."

Having dedicated her career to helping build the PA profession, McDaniel was very excited to bring recognition to the programs that she has dedicated so much time to. "I was extremely honored to be nominated," said McDaniel. "I am totally committed to PA admissions, and it's my whole career now. This award has shown me that I'm doing a good job, which means so much because I am so dedicated to the PA profession."

McDaniel never thought that she would be teaching but admits that being around students is one of the favorite parts of her career. "My favorite part is getting to interact with students," said McDaniel. "My husband can always tell when I come home after a day of teaching, not because I am tired but because I am so energized! Teaching is another way I can contribute to the profession."

This year is McDaniel's last as chair of the CASPA Admission Committee, as she wraps up 6 years of work with CASPA in December 2013. She is excited to remain the head of admissions with the Wake Forest PA program and is now working on her master's in Medical Education Leadership.

"If I didn't love my job, I couldn't do it," said McDaniel. "I am so honored to have received this award, and I hope that it will bring recognition not only to my accomplishments but also to the accomplishments of Wake Forest PA program and CASPA."


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