Gannon University Recognizes National PA Week
Posted: October 6, 2016
National PA Week takes place each year from October 6-12 to
celebrate America's more than 108,500 certified physician
assistants and their contributions to the nation's health.
The Gannon University Physician Assistant Program celebrated
National PA Day on October 6 by enrolling subjects into the
research study the prophylaxis of verruca vulgaris (common warts)
of the feet. The study's co-principal researcher is Michele
Kauffman JD, PA-C chair of Gannon's physician assistant program.
Her research is supported by the Cooney-Jackman Endowed
Professorship, which was created in 2011 to provide the recipients
with the necessary time and resources to move their significant
Gannon University's five-year direct-entry master's degree
program has been accredited for 38 years, the only fully accredited
program in northwest Pennsylvania. Gannon students achieved a 98
percent "ultimate" pass rate on the National Certification Exam of
the National Commission on the Certification for Physician
Assistants (NCCPA) for the fifth consecutive year. Over the last
three years, Gannon students also achieved a first-time pass rate
in excess of 95 percent.
During the past twelve months, first-year PA students rendered
350 hours of volunteer service in the community, while junior PA
students contributed 650 hours of volunteer service.
Before it was a weeklong event, National PA Day was first
celebrated on Oct. 6, 1987, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the
first graduating class of PAs from the Duke University PA program.
October 6 is also the birthday of the profession's founder, Eugene
A. Stead, Jr., M.D.