MANASQUAN – A Manasquan resident has been elected to a prominent position for physician assistants.

Bari Peyser of Manasquan was elected to the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ House of Delegates.

Peyser will represent the more than 17,000 physician assistant students across the country, according to a release from Quinnipiac University.

Founded in 1968, the American Academy of PAs is the national professional society for PAs. It represents a profession of more than 131,000 physician assistants across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and the uniformed services.

AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients physician assistants serve. It works to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of physician assistants and strives to enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare, I am extremely privileged to be elected into this position, especially considering how limited the seats are with over 200 PA programs,” said Peyser, who was among 18 students from around the country elected to AAPA’s House of Delegates.

“As an undergraduate finance major and former employee of JP Morgan Chase, I look forward to bringing a different perspective to the HOD and combining my skills in business and in the medical field to create a productive experience. I am eager to meet and collaborate with students from different PA schools and to share best practices, as well as provide insight on some of the hot topics in the PA profession.”

Dennis Brown, clinical associate professor and program director of physician assistant studies at Quinnipiac, said, “It goes without saying how proud we are of the active leadership that our students take in school, state and national organizations. Bari is a true ambassador to our program’s mission in fostering leadership and giving back to the profession and community. She is a dedicated and bright student with a great passion. Bari brings unique skills and backgrounds that will be of great benefit to the PA profession.”

Janelle Chiasera, dean of the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac, said, “This is another example of the stellar work that comes from our physician assistant studies program. I am so proud to see such exceptional work being done within and outside of the classroom and congratulate and Bari on being elected to these national positions.”

Peyser will attend the annual AAPA conference in Nashville, Tennessee in May 2020.

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