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Cumberlands PA Program Participates in National PA Week


Members of Cumberlands PA Program along with the faculty and staff pose with Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison in declaring October 6-12th National PA Week in Williamsburg.

Williamsburg, Ky. – On Friday September, 30, 2011 University of the Cumberlands (UC) Physicians Assistant (PA) program with the help of Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison recognized October 6th-12th as National PA Week for the city of Williamsburg.

“This is a huge acknowledgment and step for the PA program,” exclaims Chuck Davis, president of the student PA club. “For Mayor Harrison to recognize PA’s is a vital step for our program and for our community in which these PA’s provide medical services.”

National PA Week is observed each year from October 6-12. The week serves to celebrate the significant impact PA’s have made and continue to make in health care, to expand awareness of the profession, and to salute the outstanding growth of the PA profession. The American Academy of Physicians Assistants (AAPA) seeks to promote quality, cost-effective, accessible health care, and to promote the professional and personal development of PA’s.

Now that Williamsburg has joined in the celebration of National PA Week, Cumberlands PA Program hopes to raise local community awareness on health issues and concerns, educate those on how the role of a PA fits into the medical equation, and to raise awareness about the program.

“As this progresses we hope to start partnering with local physicians and to start providing health screens for the public,” stated Davis.

Forbes has named the Physician’s Assistant profession as one of the top five growing professions in the country. Currently, UC and University of Kentucky are the only universities in Kentucky that offer the program. There is a need for an influx of mid-level providers and that is where PA’s can help fill the void.

One person that has taken notice of the importance of the local community’s health is Mayor Harrison. “It is great that these students are in school and have chosen a profession that can touch the lives of many people,” proclaimed Mayor Harrison. “Now, I hope we can keep these PA’s here locally to provide quality health care to the people of Williamsburg.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Hannah Taylor, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant