PA student from USD places in national writing contest

PA student from USD places in national writing contest
The University of South Dakota Physicians Assistant (PA) Program proudly announces that Jana Larson, a second-year PA student, was selected as the second place winner of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) National Student Writing Competition for her paper titled, The Effects of Low-Glycemic Carbohydrate Diets on Serum Lipids: An Evidence-Based Review of the Literature. This is the first such award bestowed upon a PA student from USD.

Larson will be given a monetary prize of $300 and expenses for travel to the PAEA's Semiannual Meeting at the National American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) conference in Philadelphia, where she will have an opportunity to present her winning entry.

"I am honored to be recognized by the PAEA for this manuscript and proud to represent The University of South Dakota's�PA�Program.�I want to express my�appreciation to�Nancy Trimble because my paper would not be what it is if she hadn't helped me put it all together. I hope this research provides health care practitioners a useful resource for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Competitions like this remind all of us PA's the importance of life-long learning and the imperative need for evidence-based information," said Larson.

Larson was born and raised in Rapid City, and is the daughter of Terry and Kristi Larson of Rapid City. During her undergraduate years, she studied at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN, where she majored in BioMed and was first introduced to manuscript writing and formal research. Larson is currently in the clinical phase of USD's PA Program. She is on her fifth rotation and will complete a total of 12 rotations by the end of this year. She plans to graduate the program in December. After graduation she plans on pursuing a PA position in either the Rapid City or Sioux Falls area.

Larson was mentored by Nancy Trimble, MPAS, PA-C, on the format and content of her manuscript and was guided by William Schweinle, Ph.D., for the statistical analysis.

This is the sixth consecutive year of the competition, which is sponsored by The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA) and administered by the PAEA Research Institute. The competition is a writing contest on topics related to clinical medicine, geared specifically to recognize papers authored by PA students, and students from PA programs nationwide are encouraged to apply. Student papers that meet the eligibility criteria are reviewed in a blinded process by at least two different volunteer faculty members from programs across the country. Once the field is narrowed to a group of finalists, members of the PAEA Research Institute choose the top three entries.

For more information about the PAEA National Student Writing Competition, please contact the Physician Assistant Education Association at For more information about the PA Program at USD, please contact Wade Nilson, assistant professor and chairperson of the PA program, at (605) 677-5128.

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