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.