Final-year students in the Physician Assistant Studies program spent the summer volunteering and giving back to local charities as they painted with Alzheimer’s patients, collected yarn for pediatric chemotherapy blankets, and came together in support of a classmate with breast cancer.
“We had classes to attend in the summer, but we still made it our mission to venture out of the classroom and help those in need,” said Evan Mesh ’19, outreach chair for the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA).
A group of students volunteered with the Long Island Alzheimer’s Association, where they spent an afternoon painting and socializing with people afflicted with the memory-robbing disease. “We’ve raised money for the group in the past, but we wanted to do more because a few students and one faculty member have had family members who have suffered with Alzheimer’s,” said Mesh. “Everyone had such a warm time together that they asked if we could return every week.”
In August, students, faculty, and family members came together in Long Beach, NY in support of a classmate who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. SAAAPA hosted a beach volleyball tournament involving eight teams of six players, with every player donating at least $10 to the American Cancer Society. The students also take part in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraiser at Jones Beach every October.
Hofstra’s Physician Assistant Studies program 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.