High Point University physician assistant student Megan Berry takes U.S. Rep. Ted Budd through a tour of new simulation labs housed in Congdon Hall, home of the Congdon School of Health Sciences and the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 10, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Ted Budd visited High Point University’s new Congdon Hall on Oct. 9 to speak with students and faculty in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies about challenges and opportunities in the health care industry.
“High Point University students were very professional and informed today, and this facility is first class,” said Rep. Budd. “People are coming from all across the nation to attend this university, which is testament to its impressive programs.”
The congressman planned his visit to campus after meeting HPU PA student Megan Berry in Washington through the Student Health Policy Fellowship program, hosted by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). During her visit, they discussed important PA legislative initiatives. The conversation continued at HPU with Berry, fellow PA students and Dr. Linda Sekhon, HPU’s chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.
After the meeting with students, Rep. Budd also toured the new 220,000-square-foot Congdon Hall, which HPU opened this fall, and attended a reception with the department.
Congdon Hall is home to two academic schools: The Congdon School of Health Sciences, which offers graduate programs in physical therapy, physician assistant studies and athletic training; and the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, which offers a doctoral degree in pharmacy. At $120 million, the facility and these programs are the university’s single largest investment in history.
Rep. Budd experienced the facility’s impressive technology and laboratories, including simulation labs featuring high fidelity mannequins that mimic real patients, along with exam rooms that mimic real-world settings such as an operating room and a labor and delivery room.
“This is a very exciting time for our profession nationally, and I am proud of what we have to offer the future of medical care in this country,” says Dr. Linda Sekhon, chair of the department of Physician Assistant Studies. “We were honored to have Rep. Budd learn about our program, tour our new facility and discuss health care issues facing our nation. Graduating physician assistants who are excellent health care providers but are also passionate about improving the health care system is important to all of our faculty.”
“It was a privilege and an honor to have Rep. Budd and fellow students come together today,” said Berry. “He was very generous with his time and appreciative of the work that physician assistants do each day. I asked him to keep us in mind as he is voting and making decisions. PAs want to have a seat at the table. Our main priority is to become wonderful clinicians and take care of our patients. But at the same time, we pay attention to and care about what’s happening in the health care industry all around us.”