Pennsylvania PA Receives National Award for Commitment to Educating Students

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On May 14, the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) will honor Maureen A. Barrett, MPAS, PA-C, with its AAPA/PA Education Association Preceptor of the Year award at AAPA Conference 2016 in San Antonio. The award recognizes a PA (physician assistant) who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the clinical education of PA students as both a mentor and instructor.

As the Network Chief Surgical PA and Chair of the Department of Advanced Practice for St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pa., Barrett approaches her role with determination and passion, mentoring tomorrow’s PAs in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and western New Jersey, where she oversees administration for rotations on all six Saint Luke’s campuses and outpatient centers.

“At St. Luke’s, I have the unique opportunity of encouraging prospective students who are considering a PA career, as well as mentoring and teaching those who are already enrolled in a PA program. I’m fortunate that my job allows the best of both worlds,” said Barrett. “I’m honored and humbled to receive the Preceptor Award from my PA colleagues—this award means a lot to me as mentorship has been an important part of who I am professionally.”

Barrett has demonstrated great advocacy for the PA profession with her leadership in establishing a PA shadowing internship program, allowing high school and college age students to rotate with PAs in the Saint Luke’s network through all aspects of practice, leading to more than 70 hours of shadowing time for future prospective PAs.

The AAPA/PAEA Preceptor of the Year Award is one of three 2016 AAPA Awards recognizing members who have demonstrated distinguished service to patients, the community and the profession. Other awards are the AAPA Military Service Award and the AAPA Publishing Award.

AAPA Conference 2016 will be held May 14-18 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. To learn more about the 2016 AAPA Awards, visit

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