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The Quiet Professional

March 1, 2016

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 … Read more

White Coat Ceremony for inaugural class of PA program students

January 22, 2016

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. The UNC School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Studies program launched January 4, 2016, with support and collaboration from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Last week the … Read more

Veterans and future physician assistant students honored at Veterans Day event

November 8, 2015

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. The UNC medical community gathered for … Read more

Physician Assistant Studies Spotlight: Dr. Mary Beth McGranaghan

February 1, 2014

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. Mary Beth McGranaghan, PhD, has been a teacher, in one form or another, for her entire professional life. After graduating from … Read more

New PA Program Geared for Veterans

January 8, 2013

January 8, 2013 – University Gazette “When is Carolina going to get a physician assistant program?” It’s a question Lee McLean had heard since becoming chair of the Department of Allied Health Sciences, a division within the School of Medicine, 13 years ago. But, with six physician assistant programs in the state, there was no … Read more