PA Graduate Serving as Student Director of National Organization

By April Wilkerson 
Writer, OU College of Medicine

Alfred “Trae” Beasler III, a recent graduate of OU College of Medicine’s PA program, is serving on the boards of the American Academy of PAs and the Student Academy of AAPA.

Recent OU PA graduate Alfred “Trae” Beasler III is serving a one-year term as student director on the board of directors for the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) and assumed leadership of the Student Academy of AAPA as its president. Beasler was elected in 2016 by his AAPA student-member colleagues. AAPA represents the interests of more than 115,500 PAs in the United States. 

Beasler graduated from OU’s PA program in December 2017. He was inspired to join the PA profession by the opportunity it provided to combine a fulfilling career with his goal of serving as a change agent for the less fortunate in his native state of Oklahoma.

After completing his undergraduate education, Beasler spent time investing in his community by serving at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma through AmeriCorps. His work there allowed him to witness firsthand the impact of food insecurity, as well as the dire need for consistent access to health care in rural Oklahoma. He hopes to help close the health care gap for those in rural communities.

“We are very appreciative of Trae’s leadership on behalf of PAs and PA students,” said thepresident and chair of AAPA. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C. “His commitment to the profession and to underserved communities inspires us greatly and we look forward to working with him in the coming year.”
Beasler assumes this leadership position at a pivotal time for the profession, which marks its 50th anniversary this year.