Professor Receives National Physician Assistant Award

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 27, 2012 – The American Academy of Physician Assistants congratulated Dr. Linda Sekhon, associate professor of physician assistant studies at High Point University, on being named third place recipient of the 2012 PAragon Publishing Award.

Every year, the AAPA recognizes five of the nation’s top physician’s assistants with the Academy’s highest honor, the PAragon Award. The award honors PAs who have distinguished themselves through service to patients, communities and the Academy. Recipients have also had articles published in peer-reviewed clinical journals.

Sekhon’s article, titled “Using the New ACR Criteria for Early Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis,” was published in the October 2011 edition of the “Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.” The article was also selected as a feature article and approved for Continuing Medical Education credit by the AAPA. In her article, Sekhon looks at the new classification criteria for the early diagnosis and management of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Sekhon says that she hopes that through her experiences, she provides for her students an environment where their professors care about quality and commitment.

“From a teaching perspective, you always want to be a role model for those entering the PA profession,” says Sekhon. “My hope is that through example my students are mindful of the need to compete for excellence in their work.”

The AAPA was founded in 1968 and is the premier national professional society for physician assistants. The organization works to enhance quality, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare. Sekhon currently serves on the Governance Commission and the House of Delegates for the Academy.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

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