6 posts categorized "Physician Assistant Studies"

06/22/2015

Future Physician Assistants Gained Invaluable Experience in Honduras

HondurasAspiring physician assistants Aisha Malik PA’17, Emily Coraci PA'17, and Emily Kobayashi PA’17 were among a team of physician assistant students who recently traveled to Honduras with Philadelphia University’s Global Medical Brigades chapter to provide free medical services to those without access to quality healthcare.

“These students served Honduran communities that truly relied on them for their medical necessities,” said Joan Ward, MS, PA-C, chair of the physician assistant studies program at USciences. “They undoubtedly left a positive impact on a culture where access to medical care and equipment is limited, while also gaining invaluable experience in their field.”

Malik, Coraci, and Kobayashi worked closely with doctors, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, and community members to provide direct medical care for patients in rural, underserved communities that would otherwise have no access to medical care. More particularly, they were able to to take vitals and patient history in triage, shadow licensed doctors in medical consultations, and assist in a pharmacy under the direction of licensed pharmacists.

Honduras2Coraci said the trip served as a learning experience across all aspects of life, not just her profession. For instance, the students learned a new culture and interacted with patients of all ages who did not speak English. During a visit to a community outside of San Lorenzo, Honduras, Coraci said a local family welcomed her medical brigade into their home and even taught them how to make tortillas.

Honduras is ranked as the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti and Nicaragua, and has been designated as a “priority country” by the Pan American Health organization/WHO Strategic Plan. The basic needs of education, healthcare, and clean water are luxuries for most Hondurans, but in the rural communities where the team of students served, these luxuries are even harder to find.

03/10/2015

USciences to Host Panel on LGBT Healthcare on April 1

LGBTStriving to address the healthcare needs in the LGBT community, University of the Sciences has teamed up with local nonprofit organizations to host its first Panel on LGBT Healthcare on Wednesday, April 1, from 7-9 p.m., in Griffith Hall (43rd Street at Woodland Avenue).

“This event is intended to bring together students and community members to learn more about the unique needs and challenges faced by the LGBT community in regards to accessing healthcare,” said AJ Young, coordinator of the event at USciences.

Panelists from ActionAIDS, Philadelphia FIGHT, Mazzoni Center, GALAEI, and the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) will give a brief overview of their organization’s work and mission, discuss current issues and pressing needs in LGBT healthcare, and share what they believe is important for future healthcare professionals to know about working with the LGBT community. There will also be time for questions from the audience.

Invited panelists, include:

  • Tiffany Thompson, Director, Youth-Health Empowerment Project at Philadelphia FIGHT
  • Elaine Dutton, Trans Clinical Services Coordinator, Mazzoni Center
  • Elicia Gonzalez, Executive Director, GALAEI
  • Jay Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator & PWA, ActionAIDS
  • Rosemary Daub, Medical Case Manager Coordinator, ActionAIDS
  • Han Meadway, Transportation Advocate, CARIE

“Our speakers are some of the most knowledgeable and passionate people in Philadelphia regarding LGBT issues, and they’re eager to highlight what future healthcare professionals should know to provide quality care that treats LGBT patients with respect and dignity, while addressing their unique and not-so-unique health concerns,” said Young.

This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served after the panel. For more information, contact Young at a.young@usciences.edu or 215.596.8734.

10/30/2014

Samson College Kicks Off 'Allied Health Week' on Nov. 3

Samson College of Health Sciences at University of the Sciences will kick off its Allied Health Week on Monday, Nov. 3, with "Mindful Meditation" at 12:15 p.m. in the IPEX, second floor.

Here's the agenda for the rest of the week:

Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. | IPEX, Room 139 | "FED UP"

Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. "Fed Up" is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see.

Wednesday, Nov. 5 at noon | IPEX Steps

“Walk with me Wednesday”

Thursday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. | IPEX, second floor

“Guiding Flame” Sculpture Dedication
(Dessert reception following dedication)

1 p.m. in ARC | IPE Volleyball Tournament

Anyone interested in signing up must sign up with a team of 6 in 4500 Woodland, Suite 100 by Wednesday, Nov. 5

10/02/2014

Physician Assistant Students to Celebrate PA Week, Oct. 6-12

Hewitt-5903National Physician Assistants Week, dubbed "PA Week," is held every year during the week of Oct. 6–12. Physician assistants across the country use this week to increase awareness of both the physician assistant profession and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

You're invited to join students in the physician assistant studies program at USciences as they celebrate America’s more than 100,000 clinically practicing physician assistants during PA Week 2014. 

Be sure to follow the USciences twitter account at @USciences for photos, updates and fun facts about the University's physician assistant studies program throughout the week.

Monday, Oct. 6
9 a.m. Kick-Off Event in the USciences Quad

To kick off PA Week, the PA Society will be holding a fun information session on the physician assistant profession. As students walk through the quad, they can stop and answer a question from the trivia board to win a small prize (sticker). The trivia board includes questions on the history of the profession and general medical knowledge. This event will bring awareness to the campus community and community-at-large about this exciting profession and the future of U.S. healthcare.

In the case of rain, the event will be moved to STC. Questions? Contact Rachel Harris at rharris@mail.usciences.edu.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Leg Up Farms Fundraising
In front of Wilson Dining Hall

A bake sale will be held outside of dining hall to raise money for the Host City Charity for Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants annual conference in Lancaster. Questions? Contact Alex Ellis at aellis1000@mail.usciences.edu.

5 p.m Challenge Bowl: Family Feud Style
IPEX room 239-240

Physician assistant studies students in the undergraduate and graduate programs will compete in a trivia bowl with questions ranging from popular culture, sports, medicine and anatomy. This event promotes collaboration and bonding between students in both programs. Questions? Contact A’lanne Conrad at aconrad@mail.usciences.edu.

Wednesday, Oct. 8
Health Fair: Health Initiatives for a Healthy Campus
USciences Quad

The health fair will include six stations:

  • BP and HR
  • Stress reduction and emotional well-being (in coordination with SHAC)
  • Safe sex practices
  • Smoking cessations
  • Negative effects of binge drinking
  • Exercise and nutrition

As future healthcare providers, PA students will be responsible for many levels of care. An especially important aspect of care is health education. The health fair will benefit both the PA program and the university community by addressing relevant health concerns for the campus. Questions? Contact Maxi Drakopoulos at mdrakopoulos@mail.usciences.edu.

Thursday, Oct. 9
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Leg Up Farms Fundraising
In front of Wilson Dining Hall

Click here to watch USciences' physician assistant studies students in action during the University's recent IPEX ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 18.

09/15/2014

Ladies: Don’t Slack on Your Preventative Health Care, Says USciences Prof

SeptAwarenessAs young women across the United States adapt to their busy college lifestyles, physician assistant studies professor Joan Ward, MS, PA-C, at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, urges them to stay on top of their preventative health screenings.

"Many students assume their young age makes them invincible to diseases and conditions, like cancer,” said Ward, chair of the Department of Physician Studies at USciences. “By staying proactive with your health, you’re more likely to avoid illness and maintain a healthier and enjoyable lifestyle for many years to come.”

In observation of National Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month in September, Ward encourages young women to learn about the preventatives measures, risk factors, and symptoms associated with gynecologic cancers – such as cervical, ovarian, vulvar, and vaginal cancers.

Ward_Joan_250x350According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States, and at least half of every sexually active person will acquire HPV at some point in their lives. Strains of this virus are also closely linked with gynecological cancers; thus, highlighting the importance of receiving the HPV vaccination at an early age.

Ward said the following tips can help protect young women from developing serious health conditions down the road: 

  • Visit the doc. Young women ages 21 and older, and those who are sexually active, should adhere to routine visits to a gynecologist office each year for Pap smears. This test is the one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available, according to the CDC.
  • Get vaccinated. HPV vaccines are safe and effective, and administered in three doses over six months. This vaccine is most effective when given at a young age, and helps protect men and women from developing gynecological cancers.
  • Kick the habit. According to the CDC, smoking puts women at a higher risk for developing gynecological cancers.
  • Stay alert. Pay attention to your body, and contact your doctor if you experience any types of symptoms that do not seem right.

07/29/2014

Samson College Aims to Prepare High Quality Healthcare Professionals for In Demand Careers

 

While no industry is completely recession-proof, the healthcare industry has proven its strength – even in the midst of economic uncertainty. And that's good news for students at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, a specialty institution solely focused on science and healthcare disciplines.

“Our programs in the health professions are all high quality, fully-accredited programs which offer our students an interdisciplinary education with hands-on experience,” said Laurie Sherwen, PhD, Dean of Samson College of Health Sciences at University of the Sciences.

A recent analysis by U.S. News & World Report found that 21 of the 30 fastest-growing jobs are in health-related fields — a growth coming from more participation in healthcare because of the Affordable Care Act, and also because of the increasing needs of the aging boomers themselves. Because healthcare jobs continue to soar across the United States, graduate degrees in physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, and physical therapy each landed a spot on Forbes’ top 10 master’s degrees for jobs in 2014. This list was generated based off recent national statistics regarding the job climate and projected career growth for each of these fields.

Among its six academic programs, Samson College houses a physician assistant studies program, as well as occupational therapy and physical therapy programs. Each year, entry into each of these programs becomes more competitive, as application submissions continue to spike.

USciences received more than 800 applications for 40 spots in its graduate physician assistant studies program for the 2014-15 school year. In only its second year, this graduate program has doubled its size because students realize the demand for healthcare professionals will translate into jobs after graduation. USciences also offers an undergraduate physician assistant pre-professional program for students who want to start their journey to becoming a physician assistant directly after high school. 

“The physician assistant profession is booming, and students of all ages and healthcare backgrounds are returning to school to become physician assistants,” said Joan Ward MS, PA-C, chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. “The flexibility to move into different areas of medicine without additional training also adds to the appeal of this profession.”

The University’s Department of Occupational Therapy also continues grow, and most recently bolstered its offerings by launching an online, post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy program to deliver flexible learning opportunities to individuals interested in continuing their education. USciences is one of six schools in the country with a direct-entry doctorate in occupational therapy program, in addition to offering a post-baccalaureate doctorate in occupational therapy, and a master’s of occupational therapy degree.

Lastly, the Department of Physical Therapy offers students a direct-entry doctorate of physical therapy program, as well as a transfer or post-baccalaureate doctorate of physical therapy option. The physical therapy program provides students with real-life experience through its two research labs – the Leahy Lab and the Baltimore Technology Equipment Lab – as well as its pro-bono clinic for underprivileged residents of Philadelphia.

This will be an exciting year for students enrolled in Samson College, as USciences prepares to open the doors of its new Integrated Professional Education Complex (IPEX) this fall. IPEX combines innovative learning spaces and student lounge space with simulation labs, a clinical lab, mock patient exam rooms, and conference rooms.

This building showcases an integrated education model that allows students from several disciplines – including pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, psychology, and healthcare business and policy – to obtain traditional and hands-on experience.

Don’t forget: The University community is encouraged to celebrate the completion of the IPEX at a special ribbon cutting ceremony and reception slated for Thursday, Sept. 18, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.  This ceremony is among several events on tap during Alumni Reunion weekend (Sept. 18-21).

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