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Emily Wilkins Aims to Fill Void in Rural Health Care; Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic

April 27, 2020

Emily Wilkins is a second-year Physician Assistant Studies student from Rutherfordton, North Carolina who returned to work in neighboring Hendersonville as a paramedic during the COVID-19 pandemic to serve our state. With student clinical rotations on hold, Wilkins decided her experience as a paramedic prior to PA school would be beneficial to rural communities. “The … Read more

Veteran and Physician Assistant Studies Student Alec Fields Uses 3D Printer to Enhance PPE During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 15, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, second-year Physician Assistant Studies student Alec Fields, a veteran and former fleet Marine force hospital corpsman, began to use his 3D printer to create much-needed brackets for personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care providers in eastern North Carolina. Fields’ mother-in-law, who works at CarolinaEast Medical Center, told him the … Read more

Janelle Bludorn Published in Physician Assistant Education Association Journal

February 26, 2020

The journal published by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) recently featured an article coauthored by Janelle Bludorn, a clinical assistant professor in Physician Assistant Studies. The article, titled “Inspiring the Future of Physician Assistsant Ultrasound Education,” focuses on integrating point-of-care ultrasound into PA education.

Physician Assistant Studies Welcomes Class of 2021 with White Coat Ceremony

January 27, 2020

The Physician Assistant Studies program, part of the Department of Allied Health Sciences, welcomed twenty students to the class of 2021 with a white coat ceremony on January 16, 2020. This year’s cohort of students is one-quarter veterans, and nearly forty percent were raised in a medically underserved area. During the ceremony, Paul Chelminski, the … Read more

Alumna Spotlight: Eulalia Barajas-Graham ’17

January 24, 2020

Name: Eulalia Barajas-Graham Program: Physician Assistant Studies Graduation Year: 2017 Current Employer and Job Title: PA-C. SRMC at Red Springs Family Medicine Tell us about your job: I am currently working as a physician assistant in a rural clinic in Red Springs, North Carolina. Being a PA has provided me the opportunity to help people … Read more

Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants Names Janelle Bludorn Vice President

January 17, 2020

The Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) has named Janelle Bludorn, a clinical assistant professor in the Physician Assistant Studies program, as its vice president for 2020-2021. According to its website, the society strives to advance, protect, and promote the role of emergency medicine PAs through education, advocacy, collaboration and research. Previously, Bludorn has … Read more

Physician Assistant Studies Celebrates Third Class of Graduates, Honors Faculty and 2019 Alumnae

December 18, 2019

The Physician Assistant Studies program, housed in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, held its third commencement ceremony on December 14, 2019. Paul Chelminski, the program’s director, welcomed and thanked the graduates’ supporters, their families, and the commencement speaker, Karen Hills, longtime faculty and former program director of the Duke University Physician Assistant Program. “Always … Read more

Alec Fields: Veteran Discovers Passion for Medicine Through Service

November 11, 2019

Alec Fields, a former fleet Marine force hospital corpsman, discovered a passion for medicine while in charge of the health and wellbeing of the Marines with whom he was stationed in Afghanistan. “I always knew I wanted to do something in medicine or in the medical field,” Fields said. “I loved the experience. It was … Read more