If you thought PA just stood for "Pennsylvania", then you might have been a little confused as students from Western University of Health Sciences (aka Western U), dressed in white lab coats, arrived at Alta Loma High School armed with clinical equipment and tools. You see, last Saturday, April 7th, was PA Day for Chaffey Joint Union High School District students who were interested in learning, not about the keystone state but, what a physician assistant does.
At a ratio of nearly 1:2 the Chaffey students really received some personalized attention as the 30 Western U students walked them through numerous hands on activities like taking blood pressure and other vitals, listening to the heart, checking reflexes, and familiarizing themselves with lung sounds. Students learning from students was the unique part of this day, and made possible by instructor and keynote speaker, Mr. Roy Guizado, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, who is the Chair and Associate Professor for the Department of PA Education at Western U.
The PA students provided a volume of information including the types of instruments used in the surgical environment, the path to PA school, what to expect in the program, and some of the struggles they faced transitioning to college. They provided guidance and support to the high schoolers and encouraged them to keep striving toward their goals even though times can get tough. "Hang in there," they said, "the reward is worth it!"