Student appointed to two national physician assistant advocacy committees

Richard Bottner
Richard Bottner

June 4, 2014 - Quinnipiac physician assistant student Richard Bottner has been appointed to a pair of national working groups aimed at improving the educational environment for PA students and post-graduate PAs.

Bottner has been named to the newly-formed Student Advisory Task Force of the Physician Assistant Education Association. In addition, he will serve on the American Academy of Physician Assistants' Commission on Continuing Professional Development and Education. 

"I am extremely passionate about education," Bottner said. "As a higher education consultant prior to entering the medical field, I observed first-hand the true value that can evolve when professional development best practices are implemented in a variety of settings. In medicine, there is no question that it leads to better patient care. Further, our health care system is in desperate need of a workforce that is strong not only in clinical ability, but also robust in leadership and advocacy skills. These are two specific areas that I am hoping to impact and grow through my involvement under these two appointments."

Bottner currently serves on the National Leadership Council for Primary Care Progress. He co-founded Quinnipiac's Primary Care Progress chapter. 

Bottner graduated Babson College with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2007. He owned a successful human resources consulting company, but decided his entrepreneurial skillset may be better utilized in the medical field. Bottner enrolled in the 27-month physician assistant graduate program in 2011.

Bottner has immersed himself in the physician assistant program. The New Haven resident is president of his PA class and is an urban health scholar, a program for students who have a desire to work in primary care with the urban underserved.