POTSDAM – Six St. Lawrence County students were among the first group of physician assistant candidates in Clarkson University’s new PA program to get their “white coats.”
Scott Arno, Alicia Flint, Tonya Seymour, and Mariah Wilson of Potsdam, Amber Wagg of Canton, and Riane Fletcher of Lisbon, each got a new white lab coat symbolizing the transition from classroom studies to clinical studies outside of class.
This is the inaugural class in Clarkson’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. After a total of 28 months of intense study and success in examinations, the students become licensed health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to people in a diversity of settings.
As part of their responsibilities, PAs prescribe medication, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care and assist in surgery.
Speaking at the milestone ceremony were Clarkson University President Anthony Collins, Lawrence Herman of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Prof. Michael Whitehead, founding chair of the PA Studies program at Clarkson.
There is a video of the ceremony at http://youtu.be/VEpbwgUU4ew.
Pictured above are students and speakers at the first “white coat” ceremony for students in Clarkson University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program are, from left, front, Andrea Loiacano, Riane Fletcher, Christine Billings, Maureen Hannan, Lindsey Sampo, Alyssa Moore, Amber Wagg, Mariah Wilson, and Pam Leary; second row, Scott Arno, Alicia Flint, Jennifer Freeman, Tonya Seymour, James Van Ness, John Sibley, Daniel Hopkins, Ryan Mazzone, and Instructor Laura Goshko; third row, Prof. Keith Young, Prof. Michael Whitehead, Instructor Ryan Titus, Prof. Jeremy Welsh, Prof. Richard Gonzalez, Dr. Robert Rogers, and Prof. Dawn White.