Welcome Back, Monmouth PA Students!

We, finally, welcome back our PA students after a summer full of sunshine and studying. Our students were lucky enough to engage in many opportunities over the summer, including the AAPA National Conference in Las Vegas, charity work in Guatemala, and summer work in local hospitals. We are very excited to embark on another year of classroom work, clinical rotations, and local hospital shadowing opportunities.

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Pictured above: Jessica Buriani, class of 2018, spent time in Palenica, Guatemala helping build houses and playgrounds, and assisting teachers in a local school.

Pictured below: The class of 2019 MUPASS officers at the National AAPA Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

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A Summary: MUPASS in 2016

The year of 2016 was a success for the Monmouth University Physician Assistant Student Society. We were able to develop relationships with those at the university, those in the community, and various charities.

MUPASS members contributed to Monmouth University’s Trunk or Treat, which was an event that allowed local children were able to trick-or-treat from and interact with Monmouth University students (pictured below).

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MUPASS ran a canned food drive and delivered 75 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Members of MUPASS were able to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and give back to the community by building houses in Long Branch.

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The organization was also able to sponsor a blood drive to contribute to the Central Jersey Blood Bank and host a blood pressure screening at the Monmouth University Graduate Building (pictured above).

Members of MUPASS supported Monmouth’s Student Advocating Girls Education (SAGE) at their annual 5K (pictured below). The organization contributed to Monmouth’s Toys for Tots drive and wrote letters to Macy’s for donations to Make-a-Wish Foundation during the holidays.

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We increased our undergraduate members to 34 and were able to provide guidance for the pre-physician assistant undergraduate students.

In the year 2016,  MUPASS established a relationship with Serenity Hospice Care allowing students to volunteer their time with terminally-ill patients in the community. IF you have any interest in volunteer with Serenity Hospice Care, feel free to email s1105396@monmouth.edu for more information.

For the year of 2017, MUPASS will be holding a blood drive to contribute to the Central Jersey Blood Bank. It will take place on Wednesday, March 8th from 2-7:30 pm at the Monmouth University Graduate Building. For more information, email MUPASS president, Lisa Ercolano, at s0812825@monmouth.edu. The organization will also be hosting a raffle on March 31st with ticket sales starting soon! The prizes will be:

Grand Prize: $500 Visa Giftcard

Second Prize: Our Team Fitness one month gym membership worth $250

Third Prize: Cetaphil Skin Care Basket, worth $200

Fourth Prize: $100 gift card for Porta Pizzeria in Asbury Park

Stay tuned for more information on the raffle and further activities in 2017!

Happy Holidays!

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The Monmouth University Physician Assistant Student Society wants to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday! The students and staff were able to celebrate the holidays and the end of the semester at the Salt Creek Grille in Rumson.

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Our first-years enjoying their first holiday party!

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Monmouth PA History: A Glimpse into our Leadership

The Physician Assistant profession has been around for 49 years challenging years.  Becoming acknowledged by fellow health care professionals, the government and even the general public has been an uphill battle.  But it was with great leaders that our profession has flourished into what it is today.

The Monmouth PA program became a reality in 2012 when our program director Dr. Carol Biscardi stepped up to the helm of the program and has since developed the program into something New Jersey should be extremely proud of.

But knowing where you are going can’t be identified unless you reflect on where you have been.  Dr. Carol Biscardi grew up in Queens, New York and attended The United States Public Health Services Hospital PA program and received her certificate in 1981.  Dr. Biscardi also has a Masters of Science degree in Pharmacotherapeutics as well as a PhD in Health Sciences.  Since receiving her certificate Dr. Biscardi has practiced medicine in Surgery and Pediatrics and also spent time as a medical research associate, technical service manager and writer.

In addition to her clinical work Dr. Biscardi began her teaching career at the Rutgers University PA program in 1986 and hasn’t look back.  In 1996, she began working at the Seton Hall University PA program and was a integral member in beginning the program.  She worked her way up within the program starting as a professor, then becoming the department chair and before coming to Monmouth she served as the Associate Dean.

Dr. Biscardi is not only a brilliant woman who has accomplished many things but she is also kind, patient, and caring, and always willing to help in any way she can. As Director of the Monmouth PA Program, she has shown that it takes more than intelligence to excel in her position. With her open door policy, and always available to lend a listening ear, Dr. Biscardi has provided her students with reassurance and full support to help each of her students become proficient PAs.

On the 49th PA day we are grateful to have Dr. Biscardi and for her hard work to allow the classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019 to learn to be the best providers we can be!  Happy PA Day!

 

 

MUPASS Takes on San Antonio!

Each year, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, or AAPA, holds a national conference. It is an opportunity for physician assistants and physician assistant students all over the country to come together and grow as health care practitioners. The conference provides many different opportunities for continuing education including lectures given by fellow renowned PAs and physicians in all specialties, workshops, and networking events.

This year, five of Monmouth University’s PA students were able to travel to San Antonio, Texas to attend the conference. Alexa Hetzel-Wells, Kathryn Gaudino, Breynn Collazo, Brielle Trujillo and Sara Kwalwasser are all first year PA students, and members of the second class to matriculate into MU’s brand new program. The students participated in many different activities including various lectures. Some of the topics presented included disaster medicine, pediatric dermatology, kidney disease, septic shock, and end-of-life care.

In addition to attending various lectures and events, Brielle Trujillo had a very special role to play at the conference. She is the AOR, or Assembly of Representatives, student representative for Monmouth University. Each PA program is required to have one representative and they meet yearly at the national conference. Their meetings included electing new members to the SAAPA – student AAPA – executive board, as well as discuss and vote on various referendums which involve PA students. Brielle stated that the meetings were incredibly interesting and that she was able to learn many things from other PA students that she would like to bring back to Monmouth’s program.

By far the favorite event was the Challenge Bowl. The night of the bowl was something that the entire conference, practicing PAs and students alike, looked forward to. The entire auditorium was electric and alive with energy and school spirit. PA programs who wanted to participate had to submit a team of four students to answer various medical knowledge based questions in a tournament-like challenge. The students who participate in the bowl practice for months on end, on top of all of the other schoolwork that must compete, in order to bring back the trophy to their school. The big winner of the night was Miami-Dade College, congratulations to them! Next year, MU hopes to send a team so that the trophy can rest at the Jersey Shore!

During the time at the conference, the students took the opportunity to explore different parts of Texas. San Antonio is an incredible city which had many different incredible sights to see.   The famous Riverwalk, which stretches for miles through the heart of the city, was not a disappointment.  Authentic Mexican cuisine, Tex-Mex favorites, and even a dueling piano bar were just a few of the highlights of the Riverwalk!

Looking back on the trip, we would have to say that we learned a great deal from our experience and grew as individuals, which will benefit us as future health care providers. We can’t wait to bring back what we learned to our program so that the rest of the PA students can benefit as well!

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Dinner at Rudys
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Touring the Google office