Members of the Physician Assistant Student Society at Seton Hall organized the annual leadership forum.
Seton Hall's Physician Assistant students are devoted to learning everything they can about health and medicine and how to provide the best patient-centered care. They are also committed to becoming leaders in this growing profession and in healthcare overall. One of the ways they are preparing for leadership roles is by organizing the Annual PA Student Leadership Forum.
In 2017, Professor Jurga Marshall, MS, PA-C, and members of the Physician Assistant Student Society at Seton Hall (PASSSHU) hosted the second annual forum. The topic of the night was "PAs Leading Global and Local Communities," and the keynote speaker was Seton Hall PA alumna Jessica Oliveira, MS '07, PA-C.
Keynote speaker Jessica Oliveira working with Guatemalan women
Oliveira is a PA who serves as part of the senior management of Saving Mothers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating preventable maternal deaths around the world. Oliveira also serves as the director of Saving Mothers' School of POWHER in Guatemala. The School of POWHER — which stands for Providing Outreach in Women's Health and Educational Resources — teaches simple, but life-saving medical skills to traditional Guatemalan birth attendants (called comadronas) in hopes of reducing the number of mothers that die in childbirth each year.
PA alumna Jessica Oliveira was the keynote speaker.
Oliveira spoke to the group of PA students and faculty in attendance about how her experiences in medicine ignited a passion for women's health and working with underserved communities abroad. The presentation was followed by an interactive discussion about pertinent issues in healthcare both domestically and abroad, and the ways in which PAs can become part of the solution.
The goal of the night was to inspire students to become healthcare leaders in the United States and abroad. Oliveira's story opened students' minds to the tremendous potential throughout the PA profession, as well as the dire need for healthcare professionals in underserved communities. By all accounts, the PA students left the program feeling a renewed interest in studying for finals, knowing that their knowledge and dedication to medicine will eventually make an important difference in the lives of others.
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