By Kate Hunger
Assistant Professor Meredith Quinene, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, was recently named a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA).
Quinene is the academic coordinator for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She earned her undergraduate degree in education and taught biology before deciding to go to PA school. Her goal always was to return to PA education.
“I wanted to continue to help people and educate people and have an impact on a one-on-one basis,” she said. “It’s service, raising up the new generations of PAs. This is what I’m most proud of.”
The Distinguished Fellow program recognizes the exceptional contributions of PAs to the profession through professional achievement and interaction, leadership, learning and community service. The Distinguished Fellows represent just 2% of the AAPA membership.
The honor reflects recognition at the national level, said PA Studies Program Director, Chair and Assistant Professor Paul B. Allen, Sr., DSc, MPAS, PA-C, FAAPA.
“Dr. Quinene is making a difference in the lives of our PA students and our profession every day,” Allen said. “Her passion for education and dedication to students, the department, school, university and community is an example to us all.”