2017 WAPA Scholarship Winners

Zulia Anderson (right) receives a PA Scholarship Award plaque from Julie Whitesell, PA-C 
during the WAPA Annual Meeting at Jackson Lake Lodge on June 3.

The Wyoming Association of PA’s honored two future members of the PA profession with $1,000 scholarships this week during the 2017 Wyoming Medical Society/Wyoming Association of PA’s Annual Meeting in Grand Teton National Park. Earning this year’s scholarships are Kathryn Martin of Lander, and Cody’s Zulia Anderson.

Martin will attend the Stanford University PA program this fall and will be on track to graduate in 2020 after completing her pre-requisites from Central Wyoming College in Riverton. The native of Boston currently lives in Lander and works for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) where she teaches back packing, rock climbing, and canyoneering. She has been an EMT for Fremont County, as well as a member of the county’s Search and Rescue team, an international mobile health clinic volunteer, and an undergraduate research assistant. 

Martin says her interest in medicine grew from a passion for exploring wild places and teaching others. It was her experiences of providing patient care in the backcountry and on the ambulance that inspired Kathryn to take her foundation of wilderness medicine to PA school.  

After graduation, Martin says her goal is to return to a rural community to live and practice as a rural primary care PA.

Zulia Anderson comes to Wyoming by way of Russia. Anderson was raised in Astrakhan, Russia and completed the Medical Academy in Russia as a medical doctor with a pediatrics specialty at age 23. She started her career in the neonatal intensive care unit managing emergency situations and was involved in clinical research with the Moscow Scientific Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

She has published 18 works in the Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research, Russian Journal of Immunology, and  Journal of Pediatrics.  She earned a PHD in Medical Science, specializing in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology with her dissertation defense titled:  “Effect of Viferon on Neonatal Immunity from Mothers Infected by Cytomegalovirus and Herpes Simplex Virus.” 

Anderson met her husband in Moscow during a business trip and they moved to Butte (Mont.) in 2001. They now have two children, ages 14 and 12 and love in Cody. Anderson has completed her associates degree with honors from Northwest College in Powell and has taken some pre-requisite courses from the University of Wyoming. She has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa since 2016 and has been accepted to the University of South Dakota Physician Assistant Studies Program and will start the program in July 2017. She expects to specialize in pediatrics. 

The WAPA Scholarship has been handed out each year since 2012. Among the past recipients are:

2016 – Randi Robinson and Joseph Davidson

2015 – Allison Barnett and Stephen Rodgers

2014 – Amy Buck and Shawn Rockey

2013 – Kati Tuma and Erica Costello

2012 – Phillip Zaharas, James Hutchison, and Kerry Strike.