Physician Assistant Studies Celebrates Class of 2023

March 10, 2023 • Uncategorized

Recently, HSC’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies class of 2023 celebrated the success of their journey through PA school at the annual HSC Physician Assistant Studies Awards Banquet. Students received awards as well as their long white coat, signifying the completion of the program and their next step into their profession before HSC’s official commencement ceremony in May.

2023 Pa Class
PA Class of 2023


“It’s such an honor to celebrate this well accomplished cohort of students who prevailed through a pandemic to achieve a degree in PA Studies,” said Lauren Dobbs, MMS, PA-C, Department Chair and Program Director. “The program, staff and faculty wish them all well.”

The following 2023 Honor Graduates, among the top 15% by GPA, were presented with the regalia honor cord to wear at commencement:

  • Sarah Archer
  • Jana Brown
  • Audrey Brown
  • Sofia Chagollan
  • Emily Chwa
  • John Deetjen
  • Ariana Martinez
  • Sydney Marvin
  • Pablo Perez
  • Ethan Pugel
  • Hannah Ramsey
  • Meredith Thomas
  • Haley Tipps
  • Cambley Yale

The following students were inducted to Pi Alpha Honor Society, the national PA honor society organized for the promotion and recognition of both PA students and graduates. Induction into this organization recognizes significant academic achievement as well as leadership, research, community/professional service, and other related activities.

  • Sarah Archer
  • Jana Brown
  • John Deetjen
  • Pablo Perez
  • Rachel Barr
  • Mackenzie Smith
  • Kelly Xavier
  • Kathryn Thompson
  • Catherine Meyer
  • Kathryn Quintanilla
  • Vanessa Piper

Two faculty members, Jennifer Crumm, PA-C and Jamie Park, PA-C were also inducted to Pi Alpha as well as Adjunct Assistant Professor Ryan English, PA-C as an honorary inductee.

United States Marine veteran Dustin Kunz was presented with the Veterans Regalia Stole.

Jana Brown, Kelly Xavier and Alexi Vasquez were recognized for their dual degree achievement, earning both their Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree within HSC’s School of Health Professions and Master of Public Health degree from HSC’s School of Public Health. They were presented with regalia honor cords to be worn at commencement.

Two students were honored with department-specific awards, recognizing their outstanding achievement in clinical education within these departments.

The Outstanding Achievement in Psychiatry Award went to Cambley Yale and Jana Brown was honored with the Outstanding Achievement in Pediatrics Award.

Meredith Thomas was recognized with PA’s Outstanding Achievement Award for demonstrated excellence in the program’s Didactic Phase.

Sydney Brown received the Outstanding Achievement Award for demonstrated excellence in the program’s Clinical Phase.

Amber Bender was honored with the Diane L. Chew Perseverance Award, established in honor and memory of Ms. Diane L. Chew, a beloved staff member that worked for the PA program for over 15 years. This award was designed to honor a graduating student who overcame challenges during the pursuit of their PA education, is viewed as a role model, and is perceived by others as possessing a true sense of leadership.

The Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence in Academic Achievement was presented to Sarah Archer, and Jana Brown received the Dean’s Award for Scholarly Excellence in Clinical Practice.