Future Educator Fellowship

Each year, fifteen PA students are selected to participate in this exciting year-long fellowship, designed to explore foundations in teaching, expose students to the current educational environment, and expand professional development and leadership opportunities.

Meet the 2019-20 fellows.

The 2020-21 application cycle is now closed.


The students have access to a network of mentors and educators, the Future Educator Development Steering Committee, who curate an intentional and impactful educational experience for the fellows.

Selected applicants will attend a kick-off session at the annual PAEA Education Forum. Fellows will participate in designated sessions at the Forum and then engaged in a year-long program, working through educational programming, problems, and competencies designed to foster foundations in PA education. Fellows will also be invited back for the culminating session at the following Education Forum.

Objectives of the Fellowship

The FEF is designed to enhance PA students’ understanding of medical education and academic careers in PA education. The fellowship aims to provide a broad foundation of teaching to prepare students for careers in education. The FEF will help create and enhance students’ pathways to education by fostering students to be learners, leaders, citizens, collaborators, designers, facilitators, and analysts.

Foundations in Teaching and Learning

Fellows will learn about best practices in teaching and learning, particularly when it comes to dealing with adult learners. These competencies will be cultivated through in-person engagement, online learning, and mentoring.

Exposure to the Current Educational Environment

Fellows will learn about the current PA educational landscape. This includes learning about the current political climate, research opportunities, growth within the profession, and future trends that will affect both the PA workforce and the educational space.

Leadership and Professional Development

The fellowship will provide opportunities for networking and enhance leadership skills through effective communication, teaching excellence, high-quality research, advocacy, and service to the profession and the community at large. Fellows will also explore opportunities for interprofessional education and research, develop strategies for collaboration with peers and professionals that enhance the quality and design of PA education.


This year, the FEF begins by convening students at the PAEA Education Forum to kick off their fellowship experience. After the Forum, students are expected to participate in online learning modules, discussions, and brief instructional offerings, which will continue to enhance their skill set and expose them to a career path in PA education.

We recognize that the life of a PA student is a busy one with conflicting priorities. Please note, while this fellowship is highly competitive, it is not designed to compete with your first priority as a PA student. Nonetheless, students must commit to the learning experience and the activities required to complete the fellowship.

Sample activities include:

  • Group Check-Ins (via Google Hangout)
  • Faculty Interview Assignments
  • Webinars with invited speakers
  • Engagement in the Digital Learning Hub

2019–2020 Future Educator Fellows

Kathryn Fossaceca, DeSales University
Caitlin Bradley, East Carolina University
Alicia Duval, Mercer University
Matthew Morrow, Northwestern University
Elizabeth Eiseman, University of Dubuque
Elizabeth Dingbaum, Chapman University
Katya Saenz, University of Colorado – Denver
Hwal Lee, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Michael Farran-Brown, University of Kentucky
Jessica Veale, Duke University
Sara Dover, Mercer University
Sunayana Pydah, University of Lynchburg
Victoria McQuade, Florida Gulf Coast University
Dennis Zelenak, University of Evansville
Nicolette LaRosa, Drexel University

The 2018–2019 Future Educator Fellowship cohort at the Education Forum.

2018-2019 Future Educator Fellows

Winnie Chau, Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Erin Dorman, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Emily Durocher, Penn State University
Isidro Figueroa, Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Dustin Grossheim, Tufts University
Katherine Jamieson, Northeastern University
Jennifer Jones, University of Iowa
Sarah Kingston, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Melanie Lyon, Alderson-Broaddus University
Ryan Minier, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Krista Patefield, Union College
Christopher Perkins, UT Southwestern
Jeremiah Powers, East Carolina University
Dave Rogers, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Lauren Tandarich, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Alvis Trent, Hardin-Simmons University

Interviews with Current Fellows

Read about current fellows’ aspirations, experience with the fellowship and more.

Krista Patefield

Read our interview with Krista.

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Dustin Grossheim

Read our interview with Dustin.

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What Fellows Are Saying About the Program

“I very much enjoyed my experience with FEF! It gave me a better idea of the developing initiatives in PA education and allowed me to see what areas of improvement are needed to ensure the proper training of future PA’s. I liked hearing the inside scoop of the day to day struggles of many educators and their plans to tackle these challenges. Very insightful experience overall and made me appreciate PA education and want to get more involved.”

Monique “Nikki” Coley, 2017–2018 PAEA Future Educator Fellow

“My experience as a Future Educator Fellow was eye opening and inspiring. I gained so much insight into what i could be involved in as a Future Educator and a PA-C. Gaining mentors and creating connections that support me was the best part of the experience.”

Jose Escalante, 2017–2018 PAEA Future Educator Fellow

“The FEF was a great introduction to PA education for someone like myself who has no formal training in education. It has served as a launching board for my future career in education and I am extremely grateful for our mentors, the PAEA staff who supported us, and for the opportunity to be a part of the fellowship.”

Stephen Benton, PA-C, 2017–2018 PAEA Future Educator Fellow, 2017–2018 Student Health Policy Fellow

“I loved being part of the FEF mostly for the warm welcome by all members of the PAEA and meeting so many wonderful people. I appreciated the opportunity to see what life in PA education entails and look forward to being part of it some day!”

Alex Protosevich, 2017–2018 PAEA Future Educator Fellow


Please email fef@PAEAonline.org with any questions.