ODU gains national medical industry attention for their first Physician Assistant Studies Class

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Columbus, OH (43219) Ohio Dominican University attracted attention from national medical industry professionals for the launch of its Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (PA) program. The inaugural class, which begins July 9, 2012, includes 46 students, six more than the University had predicted. The University’s PA program is the first in Central Ohio and the newest in the Midwest. 

The students will participate in a two-day orientation – July 5 and 6 – on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road in Columbus. The orientation includes presentations by the following medical industry professionals: 

  • Robert Wooten, American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Past President and Chair of the Board 
  • Josanne Pagel, MPAS, PA-C, Karuna RMT – Director of Physician Assistant Services, The Cleveland Clinic; AAPA Secretary-Treasurer; Ohio Association of Physician Assistants’ Governmental Affairs Committee Chair 
  • Amanda Puller, AAPA Membership Manager 
  • Dr. Teresa Long, MPH, MD Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Columbus 

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant granted ODU Provisional Accreditation for its PA program. The commission is the national accrediting body for physician assistant programs. Provisional Accreditation is the highest level ODU could achieve at this point. The commission does not grant full accreditation until universities graduate their first full class. 

Physician assistants are licensed to diagnose and treat patients under a doctor’s supervision. They’re among Ohio’s 15 fastest-growing professions. Studies show an estimated 39 percent increase in job opportunities for this specialty between 2008 and 2018. It’s the No. 1 most popular master’s degree and the No. 2 most popular profession in the country. 

David Paulk, PA-C, Ed.D., is the University’s PA program Director. Michael Weinstock, M.D., is the program’s Medical Director. For more information on ODU’s PA program, visit www.ohiodominican.edu/pa. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. It has nearly 3,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.