HIGH POINT, N.C., May 13, 2013 – Dr. Stephen Meyers has recently joined the School of Health Sciences as the first medical director of the new Department of Physician Assistant Studies. He will begin his role in June.
At HPU, he will work alongside Dr. Linda Sekhon, founding chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, to lay the groundwork for a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) curriculum. As medical director, Meyers will contribute to program, curriculum and clinical internship development. He will serve as a liaison to the medical community, facilitating support of PA education and practice.
“Physician assistants are increasingly playing an integral role in providing much-needed care throughout the medical field,” says Meyers. “It is our task at HPU’s Physician Assistant Studies program to graduate clinicians who are well educated, well trained and eminently well prepared. As medical director, I am committed to a curriculum that will provide the very best in both academic and clinical experience.”
Meyers graduated from medical school at the University of Louisville. He completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone, and has been in clinical practice for 17 years. His practice has included the supervision and training of practicing physician assistants, as well as student physician assistants.
He brings to the MPAS program numerous professional contacts and resources that are essential to the development of the program. Beyond his clinical background, he has added interest and experience in areas that contribute to a curriculum that is practical and innovative in preparing students for future trends in health care. These areas include coding, documentation, electronic medical records, eHealth, social media in health care, legal aspects of medicine and health care costs.
The Physician Assistant Studies program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). It will be housed in a new 170,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility on the main HPU campus. Construction for the facility, which will also house proposed physical therapy and pharmacy programs, is scheduled to start in 2015.