Professor named 'Outstanding PA of the Year'
May 17, 2012 - Cynthia Lord, clinical associate professor and director of the physician assistant program, was named the 2012 Outstanding PA of the Year Award by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She will receive the award at AAPA's Annual PA Conference in Toronto, Ontario on May 28.
"As a PA, I am committed to giving my best to my patients. I take pride in my ability to help people heal and avoid illness," said Lord. "As a PA educator, I have an obligation to guide the future of our profession on a path of compassion and advocacy for their patients. I hope this recognition will motivate the next generation of PAs to give their best to their patients."
Lord is a champion for volunteerism and engages her students in community service activities that illustrate the value of the work PAs do for underserved communities. Examples of her service activities range from fundraising for nonprofit organizations to caring for the homeless, promoting literacy in children and providing medical care for migrant farm workers. Lord has also worked to improve health care delivery on the national level through her leadership on the AAPA Board of Directors, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Foundation, the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health and the National Institutes of Health National Program to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk Coordinating Committee. She has leveraged these efforts to meet with health care experts and policy makers to educate them about the struggles her patients face and effective strategies for improving health care access in underserved communities.
"Cindy truly defines what it means to be an educator; she puts her heart and soul into preparing PA students to become the best health care providers possible," said Carly Arena, a recent graduate of the Quinnipiac PA program. "Cindy always puts others first before herself. I have never met someone so passionate about giving back to her community and helping those who are in need."
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