Gannon University Celebrates National Physicians Assistant Week
Posted: October 6, 2015
National P.A. Week, from Oct. 6-12, annually celebrates
America's more than 100,000 certified physician assistants and
their contributions to the nation's health.
The Gannon University Student Physician Assistant Society
(GUSPAS) is celebrating by doing what physician assistants do:
helping to bring better health to the communities they serve.
All week long, the organization will collaborate with Catholic
Relief Services to help increase awareness about international
issues, such as the civil war in Syria. During P.A. Week, GUSPAS
members will staff a table in Gannon's Waldron Campus Center from
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. where interested persons can sign a solidarity
banner and write messages, prayers, or thoughts on white paper bags
that will be made into into luminaries to line AJ's Way, between
Seventh and Eighth streets, and the entrance to the Morosky
Academic Center, 150 W. 10th St.
On October 6 the students will pass out stress relief balls on
AJ's way, and GUSPAS members will be out in force for the Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 10 at 10:30 a.m. in
Erie's Perry Square.
During the P.A.st year, first-year P.A. students rendered 340
hours of volunteer service in the community while junior P.A.
students tallied 464 hours of volunteer service.
Gannon University's five-year direct-entry master's degree
program is the only fully accredited program in northwest
Pennsylvania. Graduates have achieved a 98 percent ultimate pass
rate on the on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam
(PANCE) for the past five years and a 99 percent ultimate pass rate
for the past 15 years. The first-time pass rate for the class of
2015 was 93 percent.
Physician assistant was named the most promising job of 2015 by
Forbes.com, and last week the website Glassdoor.com cited physician
assistants as having "the best job in America right now based on
the number of job openings, earning potential and career
opportunities." According to Glassdoor's analysis, there are more
than 45,000 job openings for physician assistants in the U.S. Jobs
in the profession have grown 36 percent between 2009 and