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Augsburg Faculty Receives Research Fellowship

Alicia Quella, associate professor and program director of the Augsburg University Physician Assistant program.

Augsburg Associate Professor and Physician Assistant Program Director Alicia Quella has received an AAPA-PAEA Inaugural Research Fellowship. This new fellowship program is sponsored by the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association. Each fellow’s institution will receive a grant of up to $25,000, which will allow recipients to focus on one of a number of research topics developed by the fellowship’s organizers. Quella also was awarded an AAPA Global Health grant in 2015.

Sharpening her healthcare leadership skills

willaertAbby Willaert is using her education to end childhood obesity by educating mothers about nutrition.

Willaert is a third-year student in the physician assistant program at Augsburg. This summer she was selected as one of 50 participants to attend the Paul Ambrose Scholars Symposium presented by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. The program brought together leaders representing various areas in health care to help them gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and perspectives of public health and to give them the resources to affect change in their communities.

“Public health has always been an interest of mine,” said Willaert, who worked for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program before she went to graduate school. “That’s where I got interested in public health and nutrition,” she said. She saw the Ambrose program as an opportunity to combine her interests in public health and medicine. Continue reading “Sharpening her healthcare leadership skills”

Auggie PA students share time and knowledge with seniors

augustana_paThey checked blood pressures. They talked nutrition and shared recipes. They even played Wii bowling.

No, these Augsburg physician assistant students were not messing around with the equipment or just taking a break from studying in the halls of Anderson. They were completing a unit on working with older adults by hosting a community health fair for residents of Augustana Apartments in downtown Minneapolis.

On this afternoon, second-year students in the last semester of the academic phase of their program worked in groups sharing information with residents about wellness, specific health problems of older adults, exercise, nutrition, socialization, and community resources. Continue reading “Auggie PA students share time and knowledge with seniors”

Exploring health care in Guatemala

Grete Thomsen, Amelia Vang, Melissa Oeding, and Kenan Guilmette try on reading glasses they’re purchasing to take to Guatemala

Twelve second-year physician assistant students are preparing to travel to Guatemala for two weeks to study health care practices and to learn about indigenous culture. Part of their preparation has included raising money — two garage sales netted over $1,100 — that they’ve used to buy medical equipment and supplies to donate, small gifts and other health items — plus 44 pairs of reading glasses purchased at the dollar store. Continue reading “Exploring health care in Guatemala”