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PA Studies promotes PAs at Salem College Women’s Conference

Two faculty members and one student from the PA Program represented PAs at the 2014 Salem College Women’s Conference: Developing Emerging Professionals. The conference was held on November 8 and is put on by the Center for Women in Business at Salem College in Winston-Salem. Sarah Maloney and Cathy Shull were asked to speak at the conference about women in medicine, and they invited second-year student Marisa Riley to join them.

The annual Women’s Conference aims to help women plan for their education toward a professional career. The daylong conference included morning sessions on learning how to be confident during interviews and on the job as well as learning how to network, followed by afternoon breakout sessions on specific career paths. Maloney, Shull, and Riley led the breakout session for women interested in a medical career. Each spoke about their personal educational path and decision to become a physician assistant, the vital role that PAs play in the healthcare model today, and the opportunities for leadership that being a PA has allowed them to have.

Attendees asked questions about PA careers in general as well as about specific experiences that Shull and Maloney have had in clinical practice. The wide scope of practice that PAs can have in various clinical settings was also discussed, as many women had a broad interest in medicine but had not narrowed down exactly what they wanted to do. Because Shull and Maloney are involved in the admissions process for the Wake Forest PA Program, they were also able to offer advice to attendees on academic prerequisites and ways to gain medical experience before applying to PA school.

Shull and Maloney enjoyed attending the Women’s Conference and agreed that sharing their professional and clinical experiences with women interested in a medical career was important. 


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