First Annual PA Picnic

Last weekend, the Department of Physician Assistant Studies (DPAS) hosted the first annual picnic at Lake Mackintosh. Students, staff, faculty & their families gathered for good food and good company on a beautiful day. Next year will be twice the fun, because there will be both first year and second year students!

Family Friendly Dr. Bennett Shelter Lakeside Food spread

10 days until a break

Elon PA students are well into Module II, and by the time May 25 rolls around (aka the beginning of a much deserved break), they will have completed coursework in Cardiovascular, Gastrointestinal, and Nutrition. When they return in early June, they’ll complete the second half of Module II – courses in Neurology and Musculoskeletal. Throughout the entire curriculum, they are enrolled in Continued Learning and Competency Development courses.

The faculty strategically scheduled the break for the end of May so that students had the option to attend AAPA’s Annual Physician Assistant Conference in Washington DC. Many of our students are student members of AAPA. Some will attend the conference, while others plan to visit family and friends, or take advantage of the beautiful weather this time of year. Whatever they plan to do, they will be out of the classroom and will return recharged and ready to go!

Off to a great start!

The 2nd floor halls of the Francis Center are now full of life, students, and an awful lot of medical knowledge. The 38 students who enrolled in Elon’s PA program this past January represent 10 different states and have health care hours averaging about 2,500 each. Their health care experience varies, such as EMT, athletic training, eye clinics, dentist offices, counseling/mental health, CNA/nursing and more.

In about 5 months’ time, Elon’s charter PA class has already completed the first module of coursework, ranging from introductory courses to HEENT, infectious disease, endocrinology, hematology, and pulmonary. (See the full course schedule). Module 2 opened with Cardiovascular on April 17.

Because Elon’s curriculum is systems-based, students spend time not only in a lecture setting, but also in small group rooms, the anatomy lab, fresh tissue lab, and clinical skills lab on a regular basis. They also spend a fair amount of time in the computer lab taking exams just about every week. Although the program keeps them very busy, they usually have a smile on their faces and always make the time to chat with prospective students when we walk by on a facility tour. (I’m sure Dr. Ragan’s homemade cookies help keep folks motivated.) What a great group to pave the way for Elon’s PA program!

‘Tis the season- for travel

It’s hard to believe we’re already in October– where does the time go? This time of year is perfect not only for pumpkin lattes and apple cider, but also for visiting some local colleges   & universities. Check out our schedule and see if we’ll be near you soon:

NC State Graduate Fair, Thursday 10/11 from 5:30pm-7:30pm (McKimmon Center)
UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate Fair, Tuesday 10/23 from 1pm-4pm (Great Hall)
Wofford Graduate School Fair, Tuesday 10/23 from 11am-2pm (Great Oaks Hall)
Elon Graduate Fair, Wednesday 10/23 from 11am-2pm (Moseley)
Furman Graduate Fair, Wednesday 10/23 from 12pm-3pm (Hartness Pavilion)
North Carolina A&T Graduate Fair, Wednesday 11/7 (TBD)

We hope to see you soon!

New faculty are here!

We have been counting down the days for this week to arrive- and it’s finally here! We welcomed four new faculty members to the program:  Cindy Bennett, Tracey Brownback, Alexis Moore, and Melissa Murfin. Together, they bring additional expertise anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and the use of patient simulation and standardized patients.

The 8 principal faculty (including the new members) have a combined 35 years of full-time PA education teaching experience and 60+ years of full-time clinical experience representing all four primary care disciplines and additional clinical subspecialty experience.

They are going through orientation and already starting to prepare for the arrival of the charter class, enrolling January 2013. It’s great to have the full team here – now we continue the countdown for students to enroll.