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Congratulations to the graduating class of 2017!
Above is the 2017 Master of Physician Assistant Studies class. This photo was taken shortly before the students completed the program in July 2017. At the conclusion of the program, the students participate in a White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony is the culminating event to their two year program. During this ceremony, the students are "coated" in long white lab coats which they will use when the begin their careers as physician assistants. Congratulations!
Congratulations to current student Olivia Bull, who has won the HPSP Scholarship!
The Health Professionals Scholarship Program (HPSP) awards scholarships to students pursuing a program of study leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in order to increase the supply of Physician Assistants for the VA and the Nation. In return, the recipient must serve full time as a PA for the VA for two years.
Alumni Nationally Recognized with Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ)
Andrew Link, PA-C (2012) and Stefanie (Proviano) Shopa, PA-C (2009) have both received the CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery, awarded by the national Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). This distinction is earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. Link is the only PA in Minnesota to earn a CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery since the program's inception in 2011. He is employed by Fairview Health Services in Fridley, Minnesota. Shopa is one of only four PAs in Pennsylvania to earn a CAQ in Orthopaedic Surgery since the program's inception in 2011. She is employed by Penn Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery in Philadelphia. Read more.
New MPAS Program Director!
Please join the Physician Assistant Studies Program in welcoming Judy Truscott, PA-C as Chatham's new Program Director! Judy served as Assistant Program Director from 2013 until her appointment as Program Director in January 2017. She is an alumna of the Program & earned her BS from Penn State University.
Jewish Healthcare Foundation Fellows Announced
The MPAS Program is excited to announce that two students from the 2018 class have been accepted as Death and Dying fellows with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation: Olivia Bull and Victoria Kissell. Read more.
Student Outreach to High School Students
2017 student, Kyla Wentz spoke to students at Wallenpaupack Area High School in Hawley, PA about her experience as a graduate student in Physician Assistant Studies. Read more.
Recent faculty publications have centered on educational approaches such as the use of simulation technology, and problem based learning, as well as guidance for the provider regarding clinical best practices for patient care with specific populations, conditions and treatment approaches. Follow the links below for additional information regarding articles published in 2015 and 2016 by the Physician Assistant Faculty.
Truscott, Judy PA-C; Abebe, Alyssa PA-C; Donkers, Kelly PA-C; Segers, Daria PA-C "Recognizing common parasitic infestations." Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. May 2017 - Volume 30 - Issue 5 - p 1 – 6.
Abebe, A. "Caring for Transgender Patients". Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. June, 2016.
Donkers K, Truscott J, DeLong D, Garrubba C. "High-Fidelity Simulation Use in Preparation of Physician Assistant Students for Neonatal and Obstetric Care". Journal of Physician Assistant Education. Published ahead of print April 2016, print June 2016.
Donkers K, Garrubba C, Daniel L, Ennulat C. "Perceptions of Physician Assistant Students' Readiness with System-Based vs. Problem-Based Physical Diagnosis Curriculum". The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. July 2015. Volume 13 Number 3.
Donkers, K, Bednarek, M, Downey, P, Ennulat, C. "Implementation of Simulation-Based Education in a Physician Assistant Curriculum". Journal of Allied Health. Spring 2015, Vol 44, No 1.
Garrubba C, Truscott J. "A Clinical Approach to Acid-Base Conundrums". Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. April 2016. Volume 29; Issue 4 - p. 1-5.
Hawkins S, Hertweck M, Goreczny A, Laird J. "Effect of two semesters of small group problem-based learning (PBL) on expectations of physician assistant students regarding self, others, and facilitator using the PBL Readiness Questionnaire". The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2016 Jan 01;14(1), Article 5.
Laird J. "An evidence-based review of commonly used dietary supplements". JAAPA. 2015;28(7): DOI: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000466643.93467.2a.
Sasek C, Kluznik J, Garrubba C. "Beyond the Clinic: Physician Assistant Student Perspectives on Careers in Physician Assistant Education". Journal of Physician Assistant Education. September 2016. Volume 27; Issue 3- p.105-109.