Today were are recognizing those who are advancing AF PAs into new territory. Additionally, we would like to recognize the PAs at Goodfellow who utilized PA week as an avenue to serve a cause greater than their own.
Oct 9, 2020
Maj Brandon Mondfrans
42 G Operations Officer
In honor of National PA week the PAs at Goodfellow held a Brat burn fundraiser as a way to give back, connect, and promote how PAs are essential to the med group. During this event, they we able to raise $600 and will be using all proceeds to help Airmen in need by purchasing their airfare home for the holidays.
Captain Megan L. Ostrowski, is a 2019 graduate from the Tri-Service DSc General Surgery PA residency. She was a by-name request to join the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. There she works in both the dedicated burn operating room and intensive care unit. As the DoD's only active duty burn PA, she manages full-spectrum care for combat casualties, beneficiaries, and civilian trauma patients. As a sought after clinical expert, she supervises PA and physician residents that rotate in both locations. As the General Surgery PA Assistant Program Director, she is heavily involved in departmental and doctoral program research with multiple active projects in data collection, analysis, and manuscript development. She has two papers awaiting final approval in national peer-reviewed journals.
As we celebrate National PA Week, it’s important to recognize Captain Ostrowski and the extraordinary efforts of all General Surgery PAs who continue to advance the PA career field and the surgical/critical care arenas. #PAsdothat
In April 2020, the Psychiatric Physician Assistant specialty was approved and published in the Air Force Officer Classification Directory (AFOCD). The AFSC suffix of a Psychiatric PA is 42G3N and awarded upon completion of all requirements of AFSC 42G3 with minimum 18-months clinical experience, and completion of a suffix-specific training or fellowship program acceptable to the AF Surgeon General. The AFMS Health Professionals Education Requirements Board (HPERB) approved a one-year Psychiatric PA fellowship, set to begin in Summer 2021.
Major Rodney Ho was approved as the first Psychiatric PA in the Air Force Medical Service. He was selected as the Psychiatric PA advisor to the AF/SG PA consultant and appointed as the Program Director for the inaugural Psychiatric PA fellowship. The AF Psychiatric PA fellowship consist of eight clinical rotations and several electives that will prepare new Psychiatric PAs to work in various mental health settings. Psychiatric PAs are independent mental health professionals who ensure active duty members are psychologically healthy and resilient to cope with stressors of deployment and military life. Psychiatric PAs can perform comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and consultation to adult patients presenting with mental, behavioral, addictive, or emotional disorders. They may also perform special military evaluations in accordance with DoD and Service policy.
In celebration of National PA Week, it’s important to highlight this new Air Force PA specialty as they begin to bridge the staffing gap in mental health clinics. #PAsdothat