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Student Health Policy Fellowship awardee: Megan Timpone `16

TimponeRecently named as the PAEA Student Health Policy Fellow, Megan Timpone of the Class of 2016,  is excited about the opportunities this fellowship will provide.  This program is “designed to enhance students’ understanding of political processes and health policy. Its aim is to inspire grassroots advocacy that promotes the PA profession as an integral part of the health care system.”  Recently we talked to Megan about how she became interested in Health Policy:  “ It was really my background in nursing that got me interested in the Health Policy fellowship. One of the things I learned from being a nurse, that I want to bring with me into my new profession, is that there is power in numbers, being a strong advocate for yourself, being strong advocate for your profession, and being a strong advocate your patients. Basically, if you want to see change, you have to stand up and fight for it! PAs have to gather as a whole unit, and show the federal government and our patients why are essential to the practice of medicine. I wanted to bring that spirit of unity and advocacy to the PA profession. I really feel like the PA profession is in its infancy. A large amount of change has been made, but there is a long way to go. Since the beginning of school, I have started to learn of the road blocks PAs are facing with supervision issues, prescribing, and with lack of knowledge about what a PA can do. This just scratches the surface. I know there are other issues that need to be addressed.  As the future of my profession, I felt like I could help pave the way for those that come behind me, just like those who did it before me. If you want to see change, you have to be a part of that change. I’m really excited to head to DC, learn about health policy, and see if I can get my advocacy project off the ground.”