HPU Celebrates National PA Week

Physicians Assistant Basket Making; PA WeekOct. 4, 2019

High Point University PA students packed gift bags and delivered them as a thank you to local health care professionals who serve as preceptors.


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 10, 2019 – In alignment with National PA Week, recognized each year from Oct. 6-12, High Point University students in the physician assistant graduate program took time to thank those who serve as preceptors and reflect on their decision to pursue a physician assistant degree.

Katy Bell, an HPU first-year physician assistant student, helped lead the charge on preparing baskets and gift bags, and delivering them to local physician assistants.

“Apart from taking care of us when we are sick, the support and experience local healthcare professionals offer is invaluable,” said Bell. “It’s important to take a moment to show our support and appreciation, as they play a huge role in laying the foundation for our career.”

Dr. Qubein

National PA Week is recognized each year from Oct. 6-12, and this year High Point University President Dr. Nido Qubein served as the keynote speaker for the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum in Washington, D.C.

In addition to packing and delivering gift bags for local health care professionals, students participated in other activities throughout the week, including:

–Taking photos of the class with signs about why they chose to become physician assistants, which were shared across HPU’s physician assistant social media accounts and submitted as part of the American Association of Physician Assistant’s PA Week social media challenge.

–Hosting a breakfast for PA faculty and presenting them with special T-shirts and mugs.

–Competing with other PA programs in the state of North Carolina to encourage the community to donate blood.

“The Student Government Association supports events for PA Week every year,” says Audra Rhinehardt, first-year physician assistant student and president of the PA Class of 2021. “Our hope is that we can get involvement from the whole program, our faculty and staff, to celebrate the profession and recognize those who are invested in developing the physician assistants of tomorrow.”

Additionally, HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein served as the keynote speaker for the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Oct. 10.  He shared insight on being prepared for change and what it means to be an actionist in a world where health care is changing at an unprecedented rate.

HPU’s physician assistant program launched in fall of 2017 and 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.

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