PA Program: News

abigail davis Abigail (Drewes) Davis, PA-C, who graduated from the PA Program at Marywood University in 2005, has been nationally recognized for earning a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Davis is employed by the Marywood University Physician Assistant Program and Emergency Services P.C. at Geisinger Community Medical Center

Davis was recognized for earning a CAQ in Emergency Medicine, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing a national exam in the specialty. She is one of 26 PAs in Pennsylvania to earn a CAQ in Emergency Medicine since the program’s inception in 2011.

“Certified PAs are prepared and proven providers who contribute real value to the healthcare of this nation,” says Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “They graduate from demanding masters-level programs, pass a rigorous certification exam, and maintain certification at the highest level through continuing medical education programs and retesting throughout their careers. Certified PAs increase access to care for patients in every specialty and clinical setting, including those that are historically underserved.”

CAQs are offered to certified PAs in seven specialties: cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopedic surgery, nephrology, pediatrics and psychiatry.

Student Challenge Bowl Participants

Our PA students from the Class of 2016 participated in the annual Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants' Student Challenge Bowl in Erie, PA, on October 23, 2015. As reigning state champions, we fought to maintain that status, but, unfortunately, despite a valiant and respectable effort, we were unsuccessful. It was extremely exciting to participate against eight other teams from programs across the Commonwealth. We look forward to developing another team to participate in October 2016!

Marywood University PA student team 2014 State Champs!

2014 champs

Sam Feinstein, Jen Forbes, and Jessica Smith represented Marywood University at the 15th Annual Student Challenge Bowl in Lancaster PA at the State Conference. In the final round, Marywood defeated Chatham University for the Championship!