Category Archives: Public Health

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) Webinar

Are you a college freshman or sophomore seeking a summer career-enrichment opportunity within the health professions?  Register today to join the upcoming Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) webinar and get an in-depth look into all the program has to offer.  The webinar will occur Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 5 PM EST. Register today for the SHPEP webinar to learn the first-hand experience of past SHPEP scholars who successfully completed the 6-week summer career-enrichment experience! Webinar panelists will include SHPEP alumni and ambassadors who will discuss the academic possibilities they obtained, thanks to their educational experience at the SHPEP. The University of Iowa will also offer great tips and insight to potential applicants eager to apply.

Formerly SMDEP (Summer Medical and Dental Education Program), the program expanded in 2016 to include a broader range of health professions beyond medicine and dentistry to include pharmacy, nursing, optometry, public health, physical therapy and physician assistant.  Participation in the summer enrichment program may better position students for acceptance into advanced degree programs.  Students should visit to learn more and apply to the SHPEP today.  The application deadline is March 1, 2017.


Summer Health Professions Education Program

From the AAMC Pre-Med Navigator:

A New Career Opportunity in the Summer Health Professions Education Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), is a unique free summer opportunity for college freshmen and sophomores to experience first-hand what medical school is all about. SHPEP is expanding to accept students interested in a variety of health professions, in addition to medicine and dentistry, and is an experience that can create a lasting impression. Learn more about the program and the benefits of participating.
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New Online PA Program Directory

Version 3 of PAEA’s redesigned PA Program Directory first released in summer 2013, is now live. With the launch of version 3, the annual subscription fee of $35 is no longer required – the directory is open access to students, applicants, and advisors and allows them to research program data in one place. Data in the directory is self-reported to PAEA from every PA program in the spring, prior to the launch of CASPA. 

 Future Features

  1. Additional search and filter features (including non-CASPA programs, bachelor’s required, healthcare experience required, distance learning, GPA requirements, and more)
  2. Real-time reports that compare selected program criteria.

Danielle Di Silvestro
Director, Applicant and Student Services
Physician Assistant Education Association

8 Week CASPA (PA School Central Application) Info Series

Danielle Di Silvestro, the Director of Applicant and Student Services at the Physician Assistant Education Association will be launching an eight-week series on all you need to know about the 2015 CASPA application cycle opening on April 16.

Please see for more information.

The information will be very helpful during the CASPA application process.

Physician Assistant Virtual Fair

The physician assistant virtual fair, sponsored by the Physician Assistant Education Association is hosting a virtual fair for students and advisors on April 22 & 23 (hours vary by participating program).

Please see PA Focus, for more information and to register to attend the fair. Speak with admissions reps or to CASPA representatives.

Thank you,

Danielle Di Silvestro
Director, Applicant and Student Services
Physician Assistant Education Association

CASPA – final application deadline – March 1, 2014

Good afternoon:
This email is to inform you that the 2014 CASPA application is coming to a close with one final application deadline on March 1, 2014. The programs with this deadline are listed below.

Albany Medical College (January 2015 start)
Alderson-Broaddus College
Clarkson University
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Indiana State University
Johnson & Wales University
MCPHS University – Manchester (January 2015 start)
MCPHS University – Worcester (January 2015 start)
Mercer University (January 2015 start)
Methodist University
Mississippi College
South College – Tennessee
Touro College – Bay Shore Campus

Developing Program: Thomas Jefferson University

Please note, the 2015 CASPA application will open on April 16, 2014. We look forward to welcoming a total of 178 participating programs. As always, if you have any questions, you can contact me directly.


Next CASPA application deadlines – January 15 for PA school

Now that the December 1 CASPA deadline has passed, the next application deadline will be January 15, 2014. The following schools with a January deadline are below. The next, and final deadline of the application cycle will be March 1, 2014.

January 15, 2014 deadlines:
Campbell University
Desales University
Elon University
Howard University
Long Island University
Misericordia University
Nova Southeastern University – Jacksonville
Nova Southeastern University – Orlando
Nova Southeastern University – Southwest Florida
Penn State University
Seton Hill University
Shenandoah University
Touro College – Manhattan
University of Detroit Mercy
West Liberty University
Wingate University – main and Hendersonville campuses

PA Focus for pre-PA applicants:
Program Directory:
CASPA applicant portal:

PA Programs – December 1 application deadlines

Please know that the next deadline for CASPA applications will be on December 1, 2013. The following PA programs with December deadlines are below:

Arcadia University (Delaware campus, Glenside two-year and three-year program)
Barry University (Miami Shores, St. Croix, and St. Petersburg campus)
Butler University
Des Moines University
Lake Erie College
New York Institute of Technology
Nova Southeastern University – Fort Lauderdale
Ohio Dominican University
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic University
Rosalind Franklin University
Rush University
Salus University
St. John’s University
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Texas Tech University
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
University of Saint Francis – Indiana
Western Michigan University

Be sure to check out our new program directory out at and visit us at PA Focus at