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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. 

**Pre-PA Members, once you get into a PA program, please contact the TAPA office to elevate your membership from Pre-PA to Student for free. 

Pre-PA YouTube Channel 

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
Co-Presidents: Cassandra Hollifield, PA-C and Agnieszka Szczepanska, PA-C
PA Shadow Coordinator:
Phone: (512) 888-9680

Dallas Area

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

**Disclaimer:  DCPAS does not have a shadowing program.

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

**Disclaimer:  TCPAS does not have a shadowing program.
Houston Area
Texas Gulf Coast Physician Assistant Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 300344
Medical Center Station
Houston, TX 77230-0344
(832) 714-0059
Contact:  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
Permian Basin Physician Assistant Society
Contact:  Sissy Hinojos, MPAS, PA-C
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Physician Assistant Program
(432) 620-1014

Rio Grande Valley Area
Rio Grande Valley PA Society
Contact:  Lisa Longoria, PA-C
Subscribe for SMS alerts: Text (469) 352-2776
with this message: @rgvpa

San Antonio Area
Bexar County PA Society
Contact:  Monique Ochoa
Phone: (210) 465-1872

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