More than 200 physician assistant studies students from across New York state recently gathered at Hofstra University for the annual Professional Practice Day seminar, where they focused on career development and planning.
The students, who will be graduating within the next six months, worked on developing their resumes and interview skills and discussed post-graduation career plans.
Hofstra hosted the event for the second consecutive year, welcoming students from Pace University, Mercy College, CUNY School of Medicine, St. John’s University, SUNY Downstate, and Touro College. Several large hospital systems including Northwell Health, NYU Langone Health, and New York Presbyterian had recruitment tables at the event.
Thirty-five students at the event will be graduating later this year from Hofstra’s Physician Assistant Studies program, which admits graduate students to its Master of Science program or undergraduates to its BS/MS dual-degree program. Both are accredited, highly competitive programs that are key components of Hofstra’s commitment to serving as a global leader in preparing the next generation of skilled, compassionate health care professionals.
Once certified and state licensed, physician assistants can practice medicine in collaboration with physicians, providing a team-based approach to quality, patient-centered care. PAs conduct physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret diagnostic tests, assist in surgery, and prescribe medication, among other responsibilities. They are qualified to care for patients in every medical and surgical specialty and setting such as emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, and family medicine.