The Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants presented its President’s Award to Butler Associate Professor Jennifer A. Snyder, PA-C, DFAAPA, during the Academy’s national conference in Las Vegas in May.
Lindsey Rush, a third-year student in Butler’s PA program, nominated her former teacher for the award, which honors a physician assistant (PA) who has demonstrated exemplary service to PA students by furthering their leadership, educational, or professional development.
Rush said Snyder has been a supportive educator and mentor. “She continuously encouraged me to apply for various scholarships and fellowships, and to get involved with research opportunities,” Rush said. “She challenged not only me but others in the classroom, in order to prepare us for clinical practice. The way she conducts herself in and out of the classroom speaks volumes for the Butler PA program, and we are lucky to have her.”
In a letter of support for Snyder’s nomination, 2011 PA graduate Lori Rosebrock wrote: “Professor Snyder has always been willing to help any student that has struggled in the program. … She encourages each of us to go the extra mile to attain greatness.”
Snyder has taught in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) since 1999. She spearheaded PA curriculums reforms in 2003 and created a Global Objective Tracking System document that accounted for and coordinated lecture objectives for all program courses.
She has served as a faculty advisor for four PA graduating classes, and coached Butler’s teams for the annual National Medical Challenge Bowl, a competition testing PA students’ medical knowledge. She helped coordinate and lead students in two international medical service trips, in which they served more than 2000 patients in Honduras and Peru. The COPHS Board of Visitors has presented its Award of Excellence to Snyder twice; the PA Class of 2009 recognized her as its Faculty Member of the Year.
In 2010, Snyder and PA students developed a membership recruitment and retention strategy for the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants. This spring, the American Academy invited the Butler group to present its plan during a national leadership forum held in Washington D.C.
“The educational value on this kind of student-driven leadership exercise was priceless,” Snyder said. “I helped the students write funding requests to the University. We took a service project and transformed it into a scholarly activity, whereby the students had exposure to a number of leaders at the national level and were able to provide membership assistance to other constituent organizations through their research efforts.”
Snyder holds a B.S. in Health Science (1997) from Butler and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (1998) from the University of Nebraska. She is a doctoral candidate with Nova Southeastern University.
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