The Stony Brook PA Student Society

The Stony Brook PA Student Society is the official organization of current Stony Brook PA students. All Stony Brook PA students are members. The Society includes elected student leaders (officers) and are advised by current faculty members. 


Our Society is a chapter of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) and works in conjunction with SAAAPA to coordinate events and advocate for student and professional issues on a community, state, national, and international level. The Society serves as a communication link between the PA classes, faculty, staff, school and university community. 

In keeping with the program's mission, student society activities include community service, fundraising, public education and promotion of the PA profession. An emphasis is placed on expanding care and services to medically underserved communities on Long Island. A glimpse of recent Student Society activities include: 


  • Health education awareness at local high schools and community events.
  • Health Literacy Project with schools in the community.
  • AAPA host city campaign book drive and donation for health literacy.
  • Hosting an student coordinated benefit supporting health literacy projects in surrounding communities. 



  • Annual National PA Week activities including local community blood pressure screening, educating the public on the PA profession and recognition of the PAs working at University Hospital.


  • Blood drive for University Hospital blood services.
  • Participation in Stony Brook University CommUniversity Day.
  • University Hospital Baby and Children’s memorial garden donation.
  • Fundraising for local, national, and international relief efforts.


  • Attendance and participation at state and national PA conferences.
  • Opportunities to interact with other Health Sciences Center students & their organizations.
  • Networking activities peers and mentors within the PA profession and the community.



Medical Missions

For information about Stony Brook Physician Assistant
student and faculty international medical missions, click here.



In celebration of Women's History Month, PA faculty and students from the Class of 2022 met on Zoom with female high school students participating in Stony Brook University's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program. The PA students discussed the PA profession as well as topics relating to heart health.


CL21 Student Society Officers

Stony Brook University PA Program
Class of 2021 SAAAPA Student Society Elected Officers

(left to right): Olivia Ho, Secretary, Alexandria Bretz, President, Alexander Salcedo, Vice President , Evelyna Vartanians, Treasurer


CL21 Group photo

Stony Brook University PA Program
Class of 2021


Class of 2020

Stony Brook University PA Program
Class of 2020


  CL20 Whitecoat Mike Malavet - Keynote    CL20 Whitecoat Cassara Scholarship  

Left to Right: Donna Ferrara, DHSc, PAC, Michael Malavet, MS, PAC,
Alexa Klink, PAS & Edward Giarrusso, MPAS, PAC (Guy Cassara Scholarship)

  CL20 WC Primary Care Scholarship   CL20 Eskow Scholarship

Left to Right: Megan Cousins, PAS & Gail Cohan, MD (Primary Care Scholarship)
Kristen Hebert, PAS & Lynn Timko-Swaim, MS, PAC (Marian Eskow Scholarship)

CL21 Step Program 1  CL21 Step Program 6

CL21 Step Program 2 CL21 Step Program 3 CL21 Step Program 4 CL21 Step Program 5

Class of 2021 STEP Program participants learning about the PA profession.
(Science and Technology Entry Program)

Communiversity Day 1 Communiversity Day 2 Communiversity Day 3

Class of 2020 and 2021 at 
Stony Brook CommUniversity Day 2019

NYSSPA Fall 2019 1 NYSSPA Fall 2019 2 NYSSPA Fall 2019 3

New York State Society of Physician Assistants 
Annual Conference Fall 2019