King’s PA Program Hosts Collegiate Care Summit

King’s PA Program Hosts Collegiate Care Summit

For Immediate Release
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March 29, 2012 - The King’s College Physician Assistant program coordinated the college’s participation in the recent third annual Northeast/Central Pennsylvania Interprofessional Education Coalition (NECPA IPEC) Collaborative Care Summit.

More than 100 physician assistant and other health profession related majors from King’s and other area colleges and universities attended the King’s portion of the summit, which overall involved 600 students at 12 regional sites.

The goal of the summit was to prepare all health professions students so that they can collaboratively work together with the common goal of building a safer and better patient-centered U.S. health care system.  The conference consisted of an opening session and small, interprofessional group discussions.  The small group discussion focused around a patient who has experienced a stroke and the development and implementation of interprofessional team care plan.

Pictured seated, from left, are student participants Douglas Smith, graduate student in pharmacy practice, Wilkes University; Cheryl Viniarski, final year of paramedic program, LCCC; Kaitlyn Hefferan, physician assistant master’s program, King’s College; James Carpenter, senior, Misericordia University; Parth Dalal, first year medical student, The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC).

Pictured standing, from left, is Dr. Richard English, associate clinical professor, TCMC; Dr. Scott Bolesta, associate professor of pharmacy practice, Wilkes University; Diana Easton, associate clinical professor and interim director of the physician assistant program, King’s College; and Wanda Ruppert, assistant professor of nursing, Wilkes University.

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