Physician assistant program certificate ceremony Aug. 9

physician assistant graduate receiving her white coat

July 16, 2014 - Fifty-seven physician assistant students will receive certificates signifying they have completed the graduate program during a ceremony Saturday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center on the University's York Hill Campus

"The class of 2014 is certainly a class that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the underserved population," said Sheree Rascati, clinical assistant professor of physician assistant studies, adding that many students were involved in medical missions, health literacy programs, kidney health programs, oral health workshops and foot clinics at homeless shelters. "It comes from our initial dedication, which includes primary care and patient education." 

John McNab, a part-time faculty member at Quinnipiac and a physician assistant at Hartford Hospital, and Kimberly Hartmann, interim dean of the School of Health Sciences, will present opening remarks.

Cynthia Lord, clinical associate professor of physician assistant studies and director of the physician assistant program, will then lead the White Coat ceremony in which the students will receive their certificates, White Coats and take the physician assistant professional oath. An awards ceremony will follow.

"It's a good time to be a physician assistant," Lord said. "Job satisfaction is high. Demand is strong. And physicians, especially those who work with them, are satisfied with the productivity and skillsets physician assistants bring to their medical practice.  The Class of 2014 will enter all fields of medicine from primary care to medical and surgical sub-specialties. They will work in large healthcare organizations, outpatient practices and clinics and help address the growing healthcare needs of our country."

Rascati said students have already landed jobs "across the country," including throughout New England and in California and Montana.