Quinnipiac University

Physician assistant students volunteer at Special Olympics

June 21, 2017

Students hi-five participants at an event at the Special Olympics summer games in New Haven

Bobcat Nation is committed to giving back to the community.

More than 20 third-year Quinnipiac physician assistant students volunteered at the Connecticut Special Olympics this weekend, providing medical support to the athletes competing in cycling, soccer, swimming and track.

“I chose to volunteer with Special Olympics because it was a great opportunity to use the skills I have developed during my time in the physician assistant program — specifically throughout clinical rotations during the last year — to give back to a cause that is very important to me,” said Courtney Montferret ’17. “It was inspiring to see the positivity and sportsmanship the athletes displayed before, during and after the games.”

The students, who will complete their degrees in August, are part of the No. 5 ranked physician assistant program — of nearly 200 nationwide — by U.S. News & World Report. Initiatives like these help our students better prepare to be key members of an evolving health care team with keen cultural awareness to effectively treat diverse populations.

In addition to honing her health care skills, Jaime Lynn Moyles ’17 enjoyed cheering on the participants in between treatments.

“It is truly an inspiring event and something I am grateful to be a part of,” she said.

Catherine Morelli ‘17 said it was a great way to give back to the community while having fun.

“Working with people who have disabilities has been something I’ve been involved in on and off over the years,” said Morelli. “I was so excited for this opportunity.”

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