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," she said.

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 said.