Our students gain real world experience that equips them with the skill sets they need to land world class careers. Below are just a few of the opportunities waiting for you as a future physician assistant student.
After four years and over 18 inches of hair, Physician Assistant graduate student, Rebecca Phillips, donates her hair to help make wigs for cancer patients.
Ten Saint Francis University students, faculty and staff dedicated their time and talents volunteering to help nearly 2,000 patients in need of dental treatments at a weekend-long domestic mission trip in Reading, PA.
From the island of Haiti to the pine-covered mountains of Loretto, it has been a long, but fortuitous journey for 2016 grad Wadler Fleurina, MPAS, PA-C, MB (ASCP).
"I can be seeing a new trauma and doing all sorts of procedures like chest tubes, central lines or suturing. Next I can be taking care of our inpatients or seeing how our discharged patients are doing in clinic. There’s never a dull moment," said Karly Link, PA-C '14.
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Elisha Fleig, Class of 2013, shares how her double major in Physician Assistant Science and Spanish prepared her to land her dream job as a PA-C at the Cleveland Clinic Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.
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Six years ago, Jen Cyktor’s mother passed away from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Today, Jen works as a physician assistant in the Cancer Center at UPMC Shadyside in Pittsburgh.
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Our students complete eight 5-week rotations in the following specialties:
They also are able to complete one 5-week elective in the specialty of their choosing. These rotations include private practices and hospitals; in a variety of locations-from rural family practices to inner-city clinics to major medical centers. The majority of clinical sites are in Pennsylvania and the surrounding states; however, rotations are available in various locations within the U.S. and abroad. There are some states in which we are not able to offer clinical rotations. To see the most current list, please follow the link to the SFU State Authorization page. In January of 2012, two of our clinical students completed a five-week rotation in South Africa. The students stayed with a host family in Vangaurd estate. Rosemarie Tyger was in the Ortho Clinic. She applied and removed casts, checked wounds, removed sutures, read x-rays, saw patients, got a history and did physicals. She also assisted during surgery. She saw about 60-70 patients per day in the clinic.
This lab provides a clinical-type setting where students are taught the complete history and physical exam and have the opportunity to practice exam techniques on student lab partners. The lab contains:
Pictures or drawings of the human body provided by books, CD-ROM presentations, and videos lack the ability to provide students with the 3-dimensional sensation working on the human body. The approach in our program is more hands-on, as PA faculty members teach students clinically-applied anatomy via the use of human cadavers, which have been prosected by a Ph.D. anatomist. We are fortunate to have cadavers to use from the Human Gift Registry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The PA department procures two or three cadavers per year for teaching purposes.
The Society is organized and shall be operated as the official organization of the Physician Assistant students at Saint Francis University. To represent Physician Assistant students so as to maximize the benefit of their services to the public, the Society shall:
In addition to community service hours completed in the pre-PA curriculum, PA majors complete at a minimum 25 hours of service in the didactic year. These hours may include volunteering to:
As a student you may participate in professional activities including attending and presenting in professional conferences as you learn new things and are ready to share your research. Membership in the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is enthusiastically supported and encouraged. Some of our students participate in "Challenge Bowl" that occurs each year at the PSPA annual conference.
Pi Alpha is the national PA honor society organized for the promotion and recognition of both PA students and graduates. Membership signifies the inductees’ significant academic achievement and honors them for their leadership, research, community/professional service, and other related activities. The society also encourages a high standard of character and conduct among students and graduates. Each year, numerous SFU students are inducted into the honor society.
Service Learning: Hugs Mission Trip
The Hugs United Spring Break Mission Trip is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers of students, faculty, and alumni that heads to the Dominican Republic to work closely with an orphanage and provide much needed love and support. A team that includes students from Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Science, Nursing, and Education departments help administer health services for patients and children. It is exciting to see so many of our students dedicate their break to providing medical service in this truly blessed service-learning opportunity.
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