The Marcia L Feldkamp, PA Scholarship in Physician Assistant Studies

Dr. Feldkamp, PA, MSPH, PhD is a graduate of our PA Medex Class 9 and has dedicated her career to the study of birth defects. Her interest in birth defect epidemiology began while working as a physician assistant and caring for women of reproductive age. Due to the limitations of existing data in Utah, Dr. Feldkamp led the efforts to develop a clinically based birth defects surveillance system within the Utah Department of Health. This was done as a means to conduct the research necessary to improve our understanding of pathogenesis and etiology. The Utah Birth Defect Network (UBDN) is a surveillance system that is population-based, statewide, and operates through active case-ascertainment of birth defects. Dr. Feldkamp was also one of several founding members of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network in 1997.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

1. The applicant must be a Physician Assistant Student enrolled in the Utah Physician Assistant Studies Program, in any year of study.
2. The applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need.
a. You must have a current FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office.

Award Distribution:

Two Scholarships in the amount of $1000 will be awarded Summer Semester to a qualified applicant determined by the Physician Assistant Studies Scholarship Committee. Awardee will be announced by March 15 and recognized at either Sendoff Breakfast, if recipient is a first-year, or Graduation, if recipient is a second-year student.

Disclaimer: Please note that a check will not be issued. This award will offset tuition costs for Summer Semester and will reduce financial aid eligibility by the amount of the scholarship.


Please Submit application and essay by December 31

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Supplemental Questions
  1. Dr. Feldkamp, PA, MSPH, PhD has dedicated her career to birth defect epidemiology. Early on in her career she recognized that she had the ability to make a difference in the lives of those she served. What kind of interests do you have clinically? Do you recognize a need among the population you serve? What kinds of things can you do as a clinician to make a difference in the lives of your clients? Please use the questions above as a guide to write a 400 – 500-word essay in the box below.