Physician Assistant Graduates Celebrate at Certificate Ceremony

The M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies Program celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2010 at a certificate completion ceremony in The Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center. Forty-six members of the graduating class received their ceremonial white coats and swore the Physician Assistant Professional Oath.

Graduates, their family members and friends, faculty and University administrators attended the Aug. 13 ceremony in The Gallagher Center and the reception that followed.

“We are very proud of the Physician Assistant Studies Program Class of 2010,” said Michael Rackover, assistant program director and associate professor. “The students have accomplished a great deal in their 25 months at Philadelphia University. They are fully prepared for their careers in the medical field.”

William Leinweber, executive vice president and CEO of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, presented the keynote address to the Class of 2010.


Awards presented at the ceremony included:

Bernice A. Kane, RN MSN, Administrative Coordinator in the Department of Medicine at Methodist Hospital, received the Physician Assistant Program Award for Outstanding Performance as a Medical Educator and Student Preceptor.

The entire faculty of the PA program received the Faculty of the Year Award, which honors a faculty member that has had a particular impact on the graduating class as both an educator and a mentor. Trevor Bonney, the 2010 Class President, presented the faculty with the award.

Student achievement awards were given to the following recipients:

Janine Noble received the Physician Assistant Program Directors Award for Clinical Excellence.

Jenna House was awarded the Dr. Edward E. Dowden Award for Academic Excellence.
Tracy Webb and Avee Burnette received the Dr. Joel Chinitz Award for Community Service that recognizes exemplary service to the community.

The Office of the Provost acknowledges exemplary work on master’s projects by awarding the best student projects that are completed throughout the clinical year.

For the community-health track, Jessica Johnson received the award for her project, “The Utilization of Gardasil in Young Males,” which raised awareness about the transmission of human papilloma virus, or HPV, and how it impacts men.

For the medical-writing track, Anne-Marie Vegas was awarded for her project entitled, “Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis – Does the Data Support Screening and Bracing?” that reviewed the clinical evidence of a controversial topic that affects many people.

For excellence in the teaching track, Stefanie Boyd-Gordon was awarded for her lecture on hormonal contraception, which educated the junior PA class on a class of drugs that can be challenging for both clinicians and patients.

The Physician Assistant Studies Program is housed in the School of Science and Health. It is a comprehensive academic experience that stresses the practical application of current medical theory.

For more information, visit the PA Program web page.

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