Gannon University Observes Physician Assistant Week
Posted: October 11, 2014
In honor of National Physician Assistant Week, Gannon University
honored its nationally ranked physician program.
Gannon University Society of Physician Assistant Students
(GUSPAS) passed out flashlights on A.J.'s Way as a symbol of
examination tools that physician assistant use. The club also plans
to participate in Relay For Life this year and organized a
philanthropic project at St. Joseph Apartments, a senior living
facility in Erie. The department is currently working with nursing
and radiologic sciences students to encourage interdisciplinary
education within Gannon University's Patient Simulation Center.
According to Kim Cavanagh, associate director and associate
professor in Gannon's physician assistant program, the University's
department has wonderful students and faculty who display an
enthusiasm for education and service. "I think we are successful
because we have engaged students and dedicated faculty and staff-a
truly amazing program sending graduates to outstanding profession,"
Graduates of Gannon's physician assistant program in 2013 who
took the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination
(PANCE) passed the test at a rate of 96%. Among 2014 graduates who
had taken the test for the first time as of September 25, 2014 the
pass rate is 98%.
Cavanagh said that not only are students well prepared when they
graduate, but employers frequently give positive feedback. "They
tell us that students are well-prepared, knowledgeable and
wonderful in their interactions with patients and families," she