South University Student Update

It is that time of year again. Prospective students are fervently interviewing, first year students are climbing over the didactic year half-way mark and clinical students are reveling in their new roles in clinics and hospitals across the country.

The GAPA conference last week in the always beautiful Hilton Head Island exceeded all expectations.  GAPA leadership was an excellent host as Physician Assistant Programs from across Georgia gathered. They engaged in friendly competition, while networking amongst each other and making valuable connections. Our own Alexis Cook, PA-S1 and Benjamin Oliver, PA-S2 represented South in the Challenge Bowl, taking fourth in the competition. South also took second in the annual volleyball tournament against some tough competitors.  All competition was then left behind as the students happily came together and got to know each other during a social event, as a great end to the day.

Daniel Knowles, the class of 2019 philanthropy chairman, has reserved July 22 for SUPA to join with Habitat for Humanity.  We expect a good turnout as class members volunteer their time to help build the infrastructure in Savannah.  Daniel states “The class continues to impress me with their willingness to allocate time that is already so scarce to serving a good cause in Savannah. We look forward to building our relationship with the Savannah community in whatever ways we are able.”

As the class of 2019 continues to perform solidly in the pre-clinical phase, the class of 2018 continues to receive glowing reviews from preceptors. Regardless of where a student is in this program, South exemplifies excellence.  The current students look forward to ensuring that we maintain that reputation as future practitioners in the workplace.

A group of twenty-one enthusiastic students are serving as ambassadors who will promote and represent the SUPA Program.  These student ambassadors will assist with interview sessions for the current admissions cycle by answering questions and giving campus tours.  Chief Ambassador Kristin Leinhart, PA-S1 says, “We’re eager to keep meeting applicants. The applicants that we’ve met so far have been very impressive and prepared for their interviews. Not only that, but we know they will make great PAs and hopefully find a home at South.” Our student ambassadors will also represent SUPA at community events, as we continue to be involved in the local community. We plan to speak at local high schools, The Pre-Physician Assistant Association at Georgia Southern and the “Ready-Set-Go” fair for underprivileged children.  We support local Pre-PA programs and encourage them to reach out to us as a student body for more information on what we do and what is expected out of us as physician assistant students.


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