The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) Holds Its Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in Erie, PA

L to R: Kay Emigh, Dr. Edward Smith and PATS President Guy Sanchiloi

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society, Inc. is a progressive organization of licensed healthcare professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician.

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society’s (PATS) Annual Conference was held in Erie, PA at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront and Erie Convention Center on June 8-10. The weekend consisted of many educational presentations, a hands-on evidence based medicine experience, exhibits, a student quiz bowl, award and scholarship presentations, and professional networking.

On Friday June 9th, PATS hosted the annual Awards Banquet where several professionals and athletic training students were recognized with awards. Two PATS members received the PATS Distinguished Merit Award and two members were awarded the PATS Service Awards. The PATS Honorary Team Physician Award was presented to three team physicians. Further, five athletic training students received scholarship awards.

The PATS Team Physician Honorary Membership Award is an award presented to honor those individuals that have served as a team physician for 10 or more years in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The recipients also have proven themselves to be of immeasurable value while working alongside athletic trainers in caring for Pennsylvania’s athletes. The 2017 recipients of this award were Thomas Fessler, MD (Edinboro University), Tanya Hagan, MD (Robert Morris/Pittsburgh Passion/Mt. Lebanon High School) and Edward Smith, MD (Grove City College).

The PATS Service Award is an award created by the PATS, Inc. Board of Directors to recognize and honor those individuals deserving for their dedication, loyalty and service to PATS….

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