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St. Kate's PA faculty, students honored at state meeting

PA PD Heather Bidinger, students Adrienne Richter, Emalie Welch and Emily Zentgraf and PA Faculty Karen Mielke and Donna DeGracia.
PA PD Heather Bidinger, students Adrienne Richter, Emalie Welch and Emily Zentgraf and PA Faculty Karen Mielke and Donna DeGracia.
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St. Catherine University faculty and students were honored during the annual conference of the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA) held March 6-8 in Bloomington, Minn.

The annual conference offers continuing education programs and workshops as well as networking opportunities for both working professionals and students in the physician assistant field.

Heather Bidinger, program director of the University’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, was honored with the Minnesota Physician Assistant of the Year Award.

Students from the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at St. Kate's also won the “Challenge Bowl” held during the conference, which tested students’ knowledge of physician assistant medical knowledge. 

The St. Catherine University team, comprised of first-year students Adrienne Richter, Emalie Welch and Emily Zentgraf, displayed their Katie team spirit by outscoring teams comprised of first- and second-year students from Augsburg College and the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, to win the coveted traveling trophy, the Golden Stethoscope.

Emalie Welch also received a scholarship from the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants— one of three essay-based scholarships presented to student members by the academy. 

More about MAPA

MAPA is the professional organization of physician assistants for the state of Minnesota. The Mission of the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants is to promote quality, cost-effective, accessible health care, and to promote the professional and personal growth of physician assistants.

March 15, 2013 by Julie Michener

See also: Faculty, Healthcare, Students