PA News

Healthy Times, Fall 2003



PA Student News

The PA program held its “white coat” ceremony, August 19, for new PA students.

PA students take the Physician Assistant oath. PA alumna Lisa Morrison ’98, provided the closing remarks at the ceremony.

PA Chair Suzanne Warnimont congratulates new PA student Andrea Nemeth.


Medical Relief in Cambodia

PA alumni Christopher Stramecky ’95, and Susan Klimist ’85, organized a four-week medical relief trip to Cambodia in August/September. They provided needed medical care and help to rebuild the country’s medical infrastructure, under the auspices of the Asian Medical Doctors’ Association of Cambodia.

Red Cross Blood Drive

In recognition of PA day, UDM’s PA students sponsored a Red Cross blood drive on the Outer Drive Campus, October 7. PA Day commemorates the day when the first PA students completed the PA program at Duke University on October 6, 1967.

PA Alumni News

PA alumni Abby Kerr ’01, and Raymond Mooney ’75, appeared on the public access cable TV program, “Focus on Health,” in July to discuss the role of a physician assistant.

PA alumnus Lonna VanAst ’98, joined the practice of Internist Bennet Cecil, last spring to assist him in a Detroit-area clinic devoted exclusively to the treatment of hepatitis C infections (HCV). Cecil and VanAst provide individualized patient treatment plans using the latest biotechnology products to destroy the virus. HCV is the most common chronic blood-borne infection with estimates that nearly 2,000 new cases of HCV will be reported in Detroit this year.

PA student Rocelious (Roe) Goodson received the 2004 Michigan PA Foundation Scholarship. He was awarded a check for $1,000 and a laptop computer. (Also pictured is Dave Martin '99)