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The Physician Assistant

Advisory Board

Program Advisory Board Members

Mark G. Banks, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Program Administrator, Regional Physicians Hospitalists

Robert Bednar, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Brian Ellerby, M.S.P.H., C.M.P.E.
Chief Executive Officer, Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, Inc.

Glenda Livengood, RN, MHA, MBA
Director, Human Resources, Novant Health

William Stein, PA-C
Physician Assistant

David Talbot, MD
Cornerstone Care Outreach Clinic

John J. Walker, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Cornerstone Health Care

Ex-Officio Member
Linda Sekhon, DHSc, PA-C
Chair, Physician Assistant Studies Program

Advisory Board Administrative Guidelines

I. Purpose

The establishment of the Physician Assistant Studies Advisory Board provides a means for increase communication between the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and local health care leaders of the community with the intent to improve the learning environment for students and afford a more informed view of the community for academic personnel.  Board members provide a connection to potential employment opportunities for graduates and to potential research and service opportunities for the faculty.

The Advisory Board promotes the regular exchange of information and ideas.  The Department of Physician Assistant Studies will benefit from community input on curriculum, procedural and technological development, community needs and resources, and employment, research and funding opportunities.

The primary function of the Physician Assistant Studies Advisory Board is to advise and assist physician assistant educators regarding program promotion, curriculum, job placement and program evaluation.


II. Composition

The Physician Assistant Studies Advisory Board is composed for the most part by non-educators who posses experience and knowledge of the physician assistant profession.  The Chair for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies serves as an ex-officio member of the group.  Membership will normally be not fewer than 8 members.  Qualifications to be considered in appointing Board members are experience, availability, character and the extent to which the proposed Board member is representative of the community.


III. Terms

Terms for Board members should not exceed two years.  Members may serve two (2) consecutive terms.  A member who has served two consecutive terms will normally leave the Board for one year before being eligible once again for appointment.


IV. Procedures for Appointment

  1. The Department Chair (in consultation with the Dean, when appropriate) determines the composition of the Advisory Board (number of members, terms of service etc.) and conducts a search for potential members.
  2. The Department Chair makes recommendations to the Dean of Health Sciences for final approval.


V. Organization

A date, time and location will be established for the first meeting, which will be chaired by the Department of Physician Assistant Studies Chair.  Upon appointment, each Board member will receive the names, titles, and contact information of all Board members and a written explanation defining the purpose of the Advisory Board and outlining the duties and responsibilities of its members and the agenda for the first meeting.

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies Chair, in consultation with the Advisory Board members, will appoint the Advisory Board Chair.   The chair will serve a two-year term.  The Advisory Board shall determine the dates, times and locations of their meetings.  An agenda and minutes shall be prepared for each meeting and the Advisory Board shall submit a brief report of it annual activities to the Department of Physician Assistant Studies Chair, as appropriate.

Come Visit Us!

For information, please call Carene Kelsey, Norcross Graduate School Health Professions Recruiter, at (336) 841-9527.

Department of Physician Assistant Studies 833 Montlieu Ave
High Point, NC 27262

(336) 841-9504 (V)
(336) 888-5034 (F)

To find our building, point your GPS to:
1030 Mall Loop Rd, High Point

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The Physician Assistant Studies Program at HPU

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ARC-PA Accreditation

The High Point University Physician Assistant Studies Program has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Pending provisional accreditation in September 2014, HPU anticipates commencing the PA program in June 2015. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.
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