Celebrating PAs

GWU Celebrates National Physician Assistant (PA) Week Observance Recognizes Contributions Physician Assistants Make to Healthcare

The Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program at Gardner-Webb University celebrates National PA Week Oct. 6-12. PAs are nationally- certified and state-licensed medical professionals who practice on healthcare teams in every medical and surgical specialty. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the profession, which was started by a doctor at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

In 2014, GWU established the PA Studies Program in the College of Health Sciences. The first class of 22 students graduated in 2016. They secured jobs in an array of rural and urban medical settings, including trauma centers, emergency departments and internal medicine clinics.

“Here at Gardner-Webb University’s PA program, we are learning to recognize the value of every type of patient—the old, the young, the healthy, the chronically ill, the rich, the poor, the gifted, and the disabled,” reflected Megan Blum, a PA student from the Class of 2019. “All of our future patients are important to us—they motivate us to be the best students we can be. PA week helps us honor those who built up our profession, and it allows us to share our values and passions with our local, national, and global communities.”

The Gardner-Webb PA Studies Program is hosting the following events in recognition of the week:

• Monday, Oct. 9: PA Students will be in Tucker Student Center from noon to 5 p.m. highlighting the GWU PA program, PA profession, and activities for PA week.

• Thursday, Oct 12: “Cast a PA” fundraising event at Tucker student center from 4 to 6 p.m. Buy a $5 roll of fiberglass casting tape (material used to make casts for broken bones) and wrap a PA student up like a mummy.

Click here to learn more about the PA Studies Program at Gardner-Webb