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Second-Year Physician Assistant Studies Student Andre Braima Receives Grant from North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants

February 15, 2021

Second-year Physician Assistant Studies student Andre Braima has received a grant from the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA). Braima will use the funds to attend the American Association of Physician Assistants’ Leadership and Advocacy Summit, to be held at the end of March. Braima, from western Kentucky, is a nontraditional student who worked … Continued

Physician Assistant Studies Students Mobilize COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts in Chapel Hill

February 9, 2021

Physician Assistant Studies students are administrating COVID-19 vaccines at multiple locations in Chapel Hill and Carrboro—an experience they’ll remember as future health care providers. Douglas Brittingham and Karla Chavez, both second-year PA students, have administered dozens of vaccines at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education over the past several weeks as part … Continued

Physician Assistant Studies Celebrates Fourth Class of Graduates in Online Ceremony

November 30, 2020

The Physician Assistant Studies program, housed in the Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS), held its fourth commencement ceremony on November 25, 2020. The thirty-minute ceremony, held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighted its graduates’ resilience and grit. Paul Chelminski, the program’s director, said he is immensely proud of the class of 2020, which … Continued

Janelle Bludorn, Connector for PA Programs and Medical Educators, Uses Airwaves and Educators Podcast as Platform During COVID-19 Pandemic

August 26, 2020

Janelle Bludorn, co-host of the Airwaves and Educators podcast and clinical assistant professor in the Physician Assistant Studies program, discussed adaptations in teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic in a recent episode called “COVID Conversations.” Airwaves and Educators is a medical education podcast with a unique focus on physician assistant education. During this unprecedented time in … Continued

Society of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Recognizes Janelle Bludorn with its Golden Probe Award

August 19, 2020

The Society of Point-of-Care Ultrasound has awarded Janelle Bludorn, a clinical assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies, with its 2020 SPOCUS Golden Probe Award for her contributions and dedicated service to the society’s mission. The society called Bludorn an “advocate, disrupter, and mentor,” of point-of-care ultrasound, otherwise known as POCUS. This type of care encapsulates … Continued

Heather Prince Physician Assistant Program Excellence in Work and Life Award

August 17, 2020

Heather Prince was a driven clinician, a scientific partner, a teacher and mentor, and an athlete. In every aspect of her life, she relentlessly operated at the highest level of excellence, and expected those she worked with and mentored to achieve the same. She dedicated her life to the service of others. Heather’s loss has … Continued

Second-Year Physician Assistant Studies Student Jessica Thomas Volunteers with Meals on Wheels in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

July 2, 2020

Jessica Thomas is a second-year Physician Assistant Studies student whose desire to work with people as a health care professional spurred her to volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Durham in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thomas, from Asheboro, North Carolina, said volunteers must follow several newer protocols, including wearing a mask and participating in … Continued