Chatham News

Master of Physician Assistant Studies program hosts White Coat Ceremony for graduates this Saturday, July 24

By: Amanda Kennedy, Senior Public Relations Specialist
July 22, 2010

PITTSBURGH (July 22, 2010) … This Saturday the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program will continue a graduation tradition at Chatham University. After two years of wearing a short white medical coat, the members of the MPAS Class of 2010 will receive their long white coats on July 24, 2010. This tradition symbolizes the move from student to medical provider and has been a time-honored tradition for the program. Along with MPAS faculty members coating each member of the class, the ceremony will include award presentations and remarks by John Laird, N.D., associate professor of MPAS. The ceremony will close with another tradition, the recitation of the Oath of Geneva administered by Luis Ramos, MS, PA-C, MPAS program director.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program at Chatham University provides academic and clinical training that prepares graduates to be certified and licensed to practice as extenders to the practicing physician, especially the primary care physician, in a competent and reliable manner.

Approximately 60 students per year are enrolled in the program. Students complete two didactic semesters at the new Chatham Eastside facility before beginning their clinical rotations at various sites in the greater Pittsburgh area, other parts of the US and around the globe.