PA Program White Coat Ceremony set for May 20

The 30 members of Penn State College of Medicine’s new Physician Assistant (PA) Program’s entering class of 2014 will be presented with their white coats at the program’s White Coat Ceremony on Tuesday, May 20, at 4:30 p.m. in the University Conference Center tent on the Penn State Hershey campus.

Dawn Morton-Rias will provide the keynote address. Morton-Rias has served as dean of the College of Health Related Professions and professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Center since 2003, a position she will hold until taking office as president and CEO of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in June 2014. She also served as president of the Physician Assistant Education Association and as commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Physician Assistant Education.

Following the distribution of white coats, the students will join with faculty to recite the Physician Assistant Professional Oath. In addition, alumni from the previous Penn State Hershey PA program that was in place from 1974 through 1986 will be acknowledged by the current program’s director and associate professor of medicine, Christine Bruce.

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Last Updated May 08, 2014