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Physician Assistant Week Celebrated

PHOTO:Dr.  Morris-Singer

In an effort to further advance the concept of Interprofessional Education at James Madison University (JMU) and in celebration of Physician Assistant Week 2014, the JMU Physician Assistant (PA) Program hosted a presentation by Andrew Morris-Singer, MD on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in HHS 2301.  The lecture was sponsored by the Visiting Scholars Program.

Dr. Morris-Singer is a practicing Internal Medicine physician as well as an educator and advocate for primary care.  He is the president and co-founder of an organization called, “Primary Care Progress” which is dedicated to revitalizing primary care medicine in the United States.  Dr. Morris-Singer discussed the current landscape of American health care and how increasing support for primary care could lead to a major “power-shift”.  He also discussed how physician assistants are the perfect clinicians to be leading a patient centered medical home because of their background in team oriented patient care.  In discussing the leadership role of PAs, Dr. Morris-Singer stated, “you guys know teamwork!  You should be shouting this from the rooftops to promote yourselves!”

The presentation was well received with over 120 people in attendance.  Undergraduate students, health sciences faculty, local clinicians, and graduate students from the JMU and Shenandoah PA programs were all eager to witness Dr. Morris-Singer’s enthusiasm and passion for primary care.

View more information on Dr. Morris-Singer and “Primary Care Progress”.  The JMU Physician Assistant Student Society is strongly considering beginning a local chapter.

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