Each year, TAPA recognizes the best and the brightest in its annual awards program. These individuals typically excel in their respective fields and display an outstanding commitment to the PA profession and TAPA. This year, TAPA was pleased to recognize the PA Student of the Year, Preceptor of the Year and PA of the year during the Annual Awards Luncheon and Membership Meeting held in conjunction with FallFest.

PA Student of the Year - Erin Goodwin, PA-S was honored as TAPA’s PA Student of the Year. A student at Trevecca Nazarene University, she is described as an exceptionally strong student during the didactic phase who especially excelled amongst her peers during the clinical phase of her studies. She just recently graduated from Trevecca and is completing a post-graduate PA residency program in critical care at Emory University.

As a PA student, Erin served as a vital member of a medical mission team that travelled to Haiti to provide medical care to their most needy citizens. She has a passion for public health, especially in the global sphere. Her goal is to truly “learn about, connect with, and serve humanity through healthcare.”

Preceptor of the Year - Daniel Ayers, PA-C, was selected as TAPA’s Preceptor of the year. In just his first year precepting with Trevecca Nazarene University, he has taken a student at every available opportunity, for a total of eight rotations. He is easy and helpful to work with and consistently receives top marks on surveys from students. In fact, he was the most requested preceptor for the incoming clinical class. He has also gone out of his way to recruit potential preceptors for the PA program.

Daniel’s students state that he does an incredible job of balancing intentional teaching moments with being encouraging and supportive of his students, and he quickly makes nervous students feel at ease in a new rotation. He instills confidence in his students, and he stays in touch with them after their rotation ends in order to continue to mentor them.

PA of the Year – Rex Hobbs, PA-C, was named TAPA’s 2017 PA of the year. Since relocating to the state of Tennessee, Rex has been actively involved in TAPA. He has served as Vice President and Treasurer, and willingly took the reins of President when the position became vacant due to the relocation of the current president of the time. He was overwhelming elected to a second term as president this past summer.

Rex has also spent tireless hours leading the CME Committee as the committee chairman, planning superb CME conferences, all while serving as program director to one of the largest PA programs in the state.

In addition to his TAPA leadership, he has also served in various leadership positions in the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). He has mentored hundreds of students over the years, and is deeply committed to the PA profession.