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PA Studies Student Selected for Fellowship

The physician assistant program is proud to announce that another one of its students has been selected for a prestige fellowship.

Marissa Minopoli, of the class of 2024, was chosen for the PAEA (Physician Assistant Education Association) Student Health Policy Fellowship. This fellowship program is designed to develop leadership and advocacy skills to help students better represent PA education at the local, state and national levels. The fellowship consists of a three-day conference to learn about advocacy and policy-making processes, interact with fellow leaders and to meet with their representatives and staff on Capitol Hill. Each participant then completes an advocacy project under the guidance of a program faculty mentor.

What a great way to represent Canisius University, Marissa!

Submitted by: Aimee Larson, program director, PA Studies

PA Studies Grad Accepted to Medical Residency

The PA program is proud to announce that Samuel Franck Seppo, a recent graduate from the inaugural cohort, was just matched with a radiation oncology residency after successfully passing this first two step exams for medical school.

Seppo accomplished this incredible feat during his clinical rotations after being encouraged by a number of his oncology preceptors with Roswell Park Cancer Institute as a PA student, based on his exceptional performance. He graduated with a 3.86 GPA, all while being thousands of miles away from his wife and daughters.

Seppo was also a recipient of one of the first Mother Cabrini Health Foundation scholarships and has been a leader among leaders in his cohort throughout PA school. We are incredibly proud to send him off to complete his education in medical residency, knowing he will be a strong advocate for his cancer patients, the PA profession, and Canisius University for years to come. Best of luck to Dr. Seppo!

Submitted by: Aimee Larson, Program Director, PA Studies

PA Student Selected for Prestigious Fellowship

The Canisius PA Program is proud to announce that Mahmoud Farhat, from the Class of 2023, was accepted into a highly competitive fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital through University of Michigan. He is the only fellow selected out of a total of 8-10 people taken each year in this specialty across the country.

This hospital has been voted among the top 50 in the country for cardiac surgery and Newsweek lists it among the top 100 in the world.

Upon completion of the fellowship, Farhat will have an in-depth understanding of the various sub-specialties within cardiothoracic surgery and be side-by-side with the surgeons in the operating room.

This is a source of real pride for the PA program and the university, and representative of the hard work and sacrifices of Mahmoud over the past two-plus years.



Submitted by: Aimee Larson, Program Director, PA Studies

Spirituality, Health and End-of-Life Discussion


The PA program will be hosting an event on Monday, April 24, 2023, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., with local faith leaders to discuss how faith and spirituality impact our decisions when it comes to health.

You are invited to join us for meaningful dialogue and some light refreshments.

Please see the attached flyer and RSVP to Aimee Larson at if interested in attending.


Submitted by: Aimee Larson, Program Director, PA Studies

Campus Candids

A social gathering for international students, faculty, and staff at Canisius was hosted on Wednesday by International Student Programs, Office of Admissions and Physician Assistant Studies to help create a greater sense of community and connection.

At least 27 different countries from around the world were represented and attendees had a chance to samples some favorite snacks and treats from around the world as well as some good old fashioned Buffalo pizza.

Students also had a chance to hear from President Stoute about his experiences as an international student, the importance of community, and the commitment from Canisius to continue creating a more diverse and inclusive environment where people of all backgrounds can thrive. Please keep on the lookout for more events like this to come.

Submitted by: Aimee Larson, Aimee Larson, program director, PA Studies