Students in the BU PA program are encouraged to seek PA student leadership opportunities with the AAPA, Massachusetts Academy of Physician Assistants (MAPA) and a variety of other PA specialty organizations.
The Carl Toney Society also provides leadership opportunities ranging from traditional class leadership to society leadership as a second year student. There are a variety of positions such President and Vice President as well as the Director of Outreach. Students are elected to these positions by their classmates soon after matriculation.
Several PA students serve on the program’s curriculum committee. In addition, PA students have the opportunity to participate in the medical school DRx course student advisory panels. This role affords the PA and MD students the opportunity to provide feedback to the course directors for this second year medical student course.
Outside of the program, there are opportunities to develop advocacy expertise as well as lead initiatives to improve access to care for homeless patients in Boston.
Mentorship is provided by PA faculty who have experience in a variety of local, regional, and national leadership roles.