National PA Week is celebrated from Oct. 6-12. City of High Point Mayor Jay Wagner honored the week with HPU physician assistant students. Pictured from left to right are HPU student Amjad Ali, Mayor Jay Wagner, HPU students Emily Carson and Jessica Giordano.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 9, 2018 – For the fourth consecutive year, the city of High Point helped High Point University faculty and students proclaim this week as PA Week. It is recognized nationally each year from Oct. 6-12. Mayor Jay Wagner signed the proclamation at City Hall.
Jessica Giordano, an HPU physician assistant student, helped represent HPU in City Hall for the signing.“As students at High Point University’s Physician Assistant Studies Program, we feel so fortunate to be members of a city that embraces the PA profession so strongly,” said Giordano. “As a class, we want to be able to give back to the High Point community, as they have been so consistently supportive of the PA profession growing in our community.”
HPU’s physician assistant program enrolls 35 students every year out of more than 1,000 applicants. It is housed in HPU’s Congdon School of Health Sciences building. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, prestigious faculty and newly designed curriculum, the Congdon School of Health Sciences and Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy create a cornerstone for medical innovation at HPU.
“This is an exciting time once again for our profession,” says Dr. Linda Sekhon, HPU’s chair of Physician Assistant Studies. “On Oct. 6th we celebrated the 51st year of the PA profession. We are proud of our students and the privilege of ushering in the next generation of PA providers. These students will impact health care in meaningful ways for years to come.”
A commitment to service has been a big part of the program, which now has three cohorts of students. Students have dedicated themselves to offering free blood pressure checks at several events, fundraising and volunteering throughout the local community.
“We as a city have recognized PA Week with our HPU physician assistant students for the last few years, and it has been an honor to partner with them, the faculty and HPU as a whole,” said Wagner. “I am proud to honor the profession with HPU here in our great city.”