Seton Hall University is highlighting the Physician Assistant program and its students.
"Physician Assistant Week is a time to celebrate PAs for all that they do as a valuable member of the healthcare team," Elizabeth Davison, president of the PASSSHU organization and third-year PA student, said. The week began Oct. 6 with the annual White Coat Ceremony.
"The faculty really appreciates this ceremony because it marks the
important transition from first-year book work to field experience,"
said Christopher Hanifin, MS, PA-C, instructor and chair of the PA program at the School of Health and Medical Sciences.
A physician assistant is a highly trained healthcare provider whose
responsibilities range from diagnosing illnesses and interpreting tests to
assisting in surgeries and prescribing treatments.
The three-year master's program has trained hundreds of students with a board exam pass rate of 100 percent.
Throughout the week, the students of the program were outside the Bishop Dougherty University Center during lunch providing information on preventative methods
that college students can relate to. Tuesday's table focused on vitamin
D, calcium and bone health. On Wednesday students could learn the basics
of nutrition. Thursday's focus was smoking and alcohol education. The week closed with Friday's information session on hypertension that gave students the opportunity to get a free blood pressure screening.
Faculty and students had high hopes for the week. "We hope
to raise awareness for this profession," Hanifin said. "We want people
to know we are here advocating for the health of the general
Davison said part of the success of the PA program is attributed to
how new the profession is, and this week is about showcasing the
importance of the people in this field.
"My hope for this PA Week is that more people, especially within the
Seton Hall community, will take a few moments of their time to learn
about physician assistants and the contributions they make to
healthcare," Davison said.
The original story appeared in the Setonian student newspaper on October 10, 2013.
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