Gannon University Physician Assistants to Celebrate Two Anniversaries

Posted: October 6, 2017

Celebrations of National PA Week, October 6-12 at Gannon University have a double significance this year.  In addition to the 50th anniversary of the profession, Gannon is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its physician assistant program.

This year, the celebration coincides with Homecoming Reunion Weekend, and returning PA program alumni and preceptors will be feted at an anniversary reception Friday Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. at the Robert H. Morosky Academic Center, 150 W. 10th St.

Students will enjoy a celebration of the double anniversary earlier in the day, and members of the Gannon University Society of Physician Assistant Students will affirm their dedication to service by distributing pink ribbon stress balls in A.J.'s Way to promote breast cancer awareness in preparation for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk Saturday Oct. 14.

PAs are nationally certified and state-licensed medical professionals who practice on health care teams with physicians and other providers. There are currently more than 115,000 PAs in the country. 

"This year the PA profession celebrates 50 years of providing patients increased access to health care," said Kim Cavanagh, DHSc, PA-C, associate professor and chair of Gannon's physician assistant department. "Gannon's PA Program is one of longest-standing programs in the state and region. We have over 1000 graduates who work every day to improve the health and wellness of patients and communities across the country."