Physician Assistant Students Raise Awareness for Emergency Health Care

Philadelphia University Physician Assistant (PA) Society members staged a car accident Oct. 9 to inform fellow students about the value of emergency health care.102507story_pa.jpg

Organized as part of National Physician Assistant Week, the interactive event helped raise awareness for the PA profession.  During the simulation, Amy Jackson, an emergency medical technician (EMT) from Ridley, Pa., assisted victims, played by Alex Arce ’09, Pre-Medical Studies; and Maureen Agne ’11, PA Studies; who were rescued by EMT-certified PA Studies students Nicole Enderle ’09, Jessica Johnson ’09, Janine Noble ’09 and Candace Schmoltze ’10.  Volunteers, chosen from a crowd of onlookers, also helped by maneuvering stretchers, administering oxygen and stabilizing victims’ necks.

“The participants did a great job re-enacting an accident scene and attending to the victims,” said Johnson, president of the PA Society.  “They took a lot away from the experience, including a general knowledge of how to handle an emergency situation.”

According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants, approximately 64,000 PAs currently provide essential medical and surgical services to people throughout the United States and internationally.  PA Week celebrates the creation of the profession through the partnering of constituent organizations, PA student societies and individual PAs in hosting community activities and public information programs throughout October.

“The activity provided non-PA students with an appreciation for emergency health care,” said Michael Rackover, PA Studies Program director and associate professor.  “They walked away from the event with lifesaving tips for the future.”

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