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Pre-PA Information

Pre-PA Manual

This manual has information for individuals who are wanting to get into a PA program. The manual is in PDF format. 

Shadowing Information

TAPA does not have a shadowing program.  If you are looking to shadow a PA, we suggest that you either go to PA Shadow Online, or contact one of the regional PA chapters that is closest to you. 

Please see the list below to see all the PA chapters that we know of.  You can also try your local hospitals for volunteer opportunities or your local County Medical Society.

Local PA Chapters

Austin Area
Central Texas PA Society
Contacts: Co-Presidents: Agnieszka Szczepanska & Cassandra Hollifield
Membership Chair:
PA Shadow Coordinator:
CTPAS Yahoo Groups -

Dallas Area
North Texas Chapter of Physician Assistants
Contact: Heidi Medcalf, PA-C

El Paso Area
Southwest Texas PA
Contact: Carol Marquette PA-C
(915) 592-5146

Fort Worth Area
Fort Worth/Tarrant County Area Physician Assistants
Contact: Heidi Medcalf, PA-C

Houston Area
Texas Gulf Coast Physician Assistant Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 300344
Medical Center Station
Houston, TX 77230-0344
(713) 795-5131
Contact: Barbi Witz, PA-C or Alisha Praznik, PA-C
**Disclaimer: TGCPAA does not have a shadowing program.


Lubbock/Amarillo Area
Northwest Texas Physician Extenders
Contact: Al Bendeck, PA-C

Midland/Odessa Area
West Texas Association of Physician Assistants
Contact: Melissa Kemp, MPAS, PA-C
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Physician Assistant Program
(432) 620-9905 EXT 228

Rio Grande Valley Area
Rio Grande Valley PA Society
Contacts: Elias Villarreal, Jr, PA-C
Frank Ambriz, PA-C
(956) 381-2298
txt RGVPA to 41411

San Antonio Area
Bexar County PA Society
Contact: Howard Huber, PA-C

Tyler Area
Tyler Area Association of Physician Assistants
Contacts: Gerry Brown, PA-C (903) 877-7277 or
Rene' McCarty, PA-C (903) 877-5633

Wichita Falls Area
Wichita Falls PA Association
Contact: Ken Phillis, PA-C

If changes need to be made to the contacts for this listing, please email changes to