PA students attending the University of Florida traditionally participate in a large variety of activities and social events.
Groups of students are able to create and participate in intramural sports teams. A large number of available sports and teams are available throughout the year, and PA Students are eligible to create their own intramural teams, or join existing intramural teams with other UF students.
During the fall, PA students have choices available such as: flag football, indoor soccer, indoor volleyball, or softball. During spring semester, other options available include outdoor soccer, sand volleyball, and racquetball teams.
For more information on UF Intramural Sports as well as scheduled activities and competition, go to the recsports page at http://recsports.ufl.edu/intramural-sports
PA Students are encouraged to give back to the community in any way that they can during the academic year. Historically, UF PA students have earned hundreds of volunteer hours every semester in activities such as: Staffing free medical clinics, participating in charity events, fundraising, and donating to the needy.
PA Association Conferences
It is strongly recommended that all PA students take membership in two organizations that service PAs within Florida, FAPA (Florida Academy of Physician Assistants) and AAPA (American Academy of Physician Assistants). These organizations provide resources to their PA members, and both are strong advocates for improving laws that directly affect the PA profession.
Both organizations also host conferences in exotic locations that student members can participate in at discounted rates. In 2012, AAPA had its National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, while in 2013, the American Academy of Physician Assistants National Conference is being held in Montreal, Canada.
Cost of attendance of these events is much lower than one would expect. Between class funds, grants from the College of Medicine, and allowances given each year from the organizations themselves, attending these events can be done at a fraction of the usual cost.
The Gators’ Football season is a favorite of many students, and PAs are no exception. At the beginning of the semester, students can participate in a lottery to be eligible for discounted season tickets. There is also a special block for the PA students, so that classmates can gather together during the game.