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Physician Assistant Studies Graduate Continues to Serve
Rick Cowan, who will graduate with the inaugural class of the Physician Assistant Studies program on Saturday, December 16, 2017, is a former Army medic who provided care to more than 1,000 battlefield casualties as part of a forward deployment combat hospital in Iraq.
Feature: Janelle Bludorn
With roots in the rural Great Plains, UNC Physician Assistant Program faculty member Janelle Bludorn’s interest in emergency medicine was sparked while working in the emergency department of a small-town South Dakota hospital.
UNC School of Medicine Physician Assistant Studies Program Recognized on Veterans Day
UNC-Chapel Hill and the UNC School of Medicine recognized the Physician Assistant Studies program as part of its annual Veterans Day celebrations.
Chelminski: New study aims to reduce opioid use while managing chronic pain
A principal investigator of the study is UNC’s Dr. Paul Chelminski, a professor at the UNC School of Medicine with extensive experience studying best practices of prescribing and managing long-term opioid use.
UNC Physician Assistant Studies student Alyse Moses-Lebron Awarded Scholarship from North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA)
Second-year UNC PA student Alyse Moses-Lebron has received a scholarship from the NCAPA, the first of its kind.
Hollingsworth Chronicles Career as a Physician Assistant as part of Bullitt Lecture
Robert Hollingsworth, DHSc, PA-C, spoke to Physician Assistant Studies students about the future of the PA profession as part of the Bullitt History of Medicine Club.
Physician Assistant Studies First-Year Student Vishalee Patel Selected as Assistant Editor of First Rounds
Vishalee Patel, a first-year student in the UNC School of Medicine Physician Assistant Studies program, has recently been named assistant editor of First Rounds, a resource for PA students.
Gabrielle Neri-Mynatt Awarded Scholarship from PA Foundation
Gabrielle Neri-Mynatt, a second-year Physician Assistant Studies student, has received a PA Foundation Scholarship.
Turning passion into practice with UNC Physician Assistant Studies
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC highlights Physician Assistant Studies second-year student Eulalia Barajas-Graham’s experience in the program. Barajas-Graham is set to graduate from the PA program in December 2017.
Ford gets holistic view of health care during summer experience
Natalie Ford, a second year student in the UNC Physician’s Assistant (PA) program, got a first-hand look at exactly what goes into providing comprehensive care in a rural setting during the two-week Rural Educational Approach to Community Health (REACH) program.
Physician Assistant Studies Students Volunteer at Nation's Largest Pop-Up Clinic
Ten students from the Division of Physician Assistant Studies volunteered the weekend of July 21, 2017, to serve at the Remote Area Medical's mobile clinic.
NPR and The Atlantic Feature UNC-Chapel Hill Physician Assistant Program; Courses Begin January 2016
UNC-Chapel Hill's Department of Allied Health Sciences is home to the university's physician assistant program, which welcomes its inaugural class the week of January 4, 2016.
UNC Physician Assistant program accepts second class of students
In the second year of UNC’s Physician Assistant Program, applications were up, with more than 1,000 applicants for only 20 slots.
Physician Assistant Studies student volunteers with Louisiana flooding survivors
Physician Assistant Studies student Alyse Moses-Lebron traveled to her home state of Louisiana during the month of August. Just days after returning home, she found herself volunteering at emergency shelters to help survivors of mass flooding.
The Quiet Professional
Retired Green Beret medic Todd Williams earned three Bronze Stars and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, among other service recognitions, during his distinguished 28-year military career. Today, he helps lead nontraditional students, including military veterans with medical experience, on a path toward becoming physician assistants through the UNC School of Medicine’s recently launched Physician Assistant Program.
White Coat Ceremony for inaugural class of PA program students
On Thursday evening, January 21, 2016, the inaugural class of 20 UNC Physician Assistant Studies program students received their white coats at the Carolina Club's Alumni Hall.
Veterans and future physician assistant students honored at Veterans Day event
UNC Medical Center's annual Veterans Day event honored veterans and celebrated the new UNC Physician Assistant (PA) Program. Nine of 20 incoming PA program students are veterans, and four of those students -- veterans with more than five decades of combined experience serving their country -- were in attendance.
Physician Assistant Studies Spotlight: Dr. Mary Beth McGranaghan
As a nun, Mary Beth McGranaghan learned to go where her skills were most needed. As a faculty member in the UNC Physician Assistant Program, she hopes to teach this lesson to her students. Story by Matt Englund, UNC Health Care.
UNC PA Program Featured in AAMC Reporter and on NPR
The March 2013 edition of AAMC Reporter features a story about the UNC physician assistant (PA) master’s degree program.
New PA Program Geared for Veterans
January 8, 2013 - University Gazette
BCBSNC and UNC SOM Collaborate to Establish New PA Program for Returning Military Veterans
December 3, 2012 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), and the UNC School of Medicine are collaborating to create a physician assistant (PA) master’s degree program designed for returning military veterans with input from the United States Army Special Operations Command team at Fort Bragg, N.C.