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Physician Assistant Students Compete at State Conference


From left are physician assistant students Adam D. Thompson, Parul P. Shah, Mark J. Rockwell and Leo T. Sillick.A group of physician assistant students from Pennsylvania College of Technology recently participated in the Student Challenge Bowl at the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants’ state conference.

The students finished second in their round of competition, but did not advance to the final round. Students who competed are: Mark J. Rockwell, Linden; Parul P. Shah, Williamsport; and Adam D. Thompson, Mill Hall. All are seniors in the physician assistant major.

“Their performance made us all proud,” said Susan Swank-Caschera, assistant professor of physician assistant.

Also attending the conference, held Oct. 16-19 in Pittsburgh, were juniors Katie L. Bachman, Pine City, N.Y.; Jared F. Finck, Sparta, N.J.; and Marilyn E. Caldwell, Winston-Salem, N.C.

“Participation in the state physician assistant society helps instill professionalism and dedication to the career in our students,” Swank-Caschera said.

Staff and faculty from Penn College’s physician assistant program also attended. They are: Joseph Mileto, director; Paula D. Holmes, program coordinator; Jane R. Arenas, clinical director; Christine M. Mulhollen-Kessler, assistant professor; Swank-Caschera; Cory D. Sefchick, part-time instructor; Lane Bower, part-time instructor; Nicole L. Buck, part-time instructor; and Ronald B. Mezick, a member of the college’s Physician Assistant Advisory Committee.

Faculty and staff in Penn College’s physician assistant program take active roles in the state society, many serving in leadership positions as regional representatives and committee chairs.

For more information about the academic programs offered by the School of Health Sciences at Penn College, call (570) 327-4519, send e-mail or visit online.

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