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 research forward.

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.