News and Events
Mr. Allman Goes to Washington (January 17, 2014)
On January 16, 2014, Professor Matthew Allman, a member of the national Physician Assistant Education Association Government Relations Committee, visited with members of the US House and Senate to discuss current issues in health care as they relate to the education of Physician Assistants. The Government Relations Committee (GRC) is charged with ensuring that the Association’s advocacy efforts effectively address PA education issues on the national level. The committee’s major functions are to: contribute to and monitor the Association’s legislative agenda and advocacy strategy, promote greater interaction by faculty and students with federal policymakers, advocate for greater inclusion of PAs in federal programs, advocate for increased amounts of public funding for PA education programs, and build new strategic partnerships with other associations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies related to PAEA’s advocacy agenda. Professor Allman shared this photo in Washington DC as he raced back and forth between the House and Senate buildings. He is hopeful that PA Program Title XII funding will be positively effected by the committees efforts today.
PA Program Welcomes Inaugural Class! (January 6, 2014)
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This simple phrase was uttered over 2600 years ago by Lao-Tzu a Chinese philosopher. This week a new journey was initiated as 26 students began their studies as the inaugural class of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Physician Assistant Studies program.
Johnna Tanner, PA Program Department Chair, reports that as the only Physician Assistant program in the state that is associated with a public university the mission of the program at UTHSC is to prepare a diverse group of highly skilled Physician Assistant practitioners who are dedicated to improving access and providing high quality care. With that eye to diversity this inaugural class has set the bar high. The class is evenly balanced with 13 males and 13 females which surpasses the national average of 75% percent female students. The class is also considerably above national averages with regards to ethnicity/race.
With a diverse and experienced faculty, the UTHSC PA program is poised to answer the challenging health care needs that the region is facing. By providing these students with a state of the art learning environment and unique clinical opportunities coupled with a tuition that is significantly lower than any other program in the state, UTHSC’s physician assistant students will be more than ready to provide outstanding care to Tennessee’s residents.
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