Student Awards

Katherine H. Anderson Award

Established in 1988 and named for the first Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Program and a much respected physician, both in the community and the institution, this award is given to a first-year student in recognition of exemplary performance and professional growth toward becoming a physician assistant during the pre-clinical year. The recipient of the Katherine H. Anderson Award is chosen by the faculty of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

Kitty Bowman Excellence in Research Award 

Established in 2004 and named for the first registrar of the Physician Assistant Program, who was also a founding member of AIDS Care Service, a regional nonprofit health and social services agency for persons infected with or affected by HIV, this award is presented to a student in the graduating class who represents an outstanding commitment to research or to the integration of evidence-based medicine into clinical practice. The recipient is selected by the Director of the Graduate Project and the Chair of the Department of PA Studies.

James Franklin Wilson Memorial Award

Established in memory of a graduate of the Class of 1973, this award is presented annually to a student of the graduating class who shows the greatest aptitude for and devotion to the profession. The recipient is selected by a committee comprised of the Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, the Medical Director, the Director of Clinical Education, and a graduating student selected by the faculty. The James Franklin Wilson Award is the highest award given to a physician assistant student.

Mike Walker Physician Assistant Excellence Award

Established 2014 in memory of Michael D. Walker, who graduated from the Wake Forest School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in 1973, this award is presented annually to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the program and compassion and excellence in patient care. Mike Walker had a long career as a PA in dermatology and internal medicine and was a charter member and distinguished fellow of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. In addition to his Wake Forest PA degree, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest’s Babcock Graduate School of Management and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies with a specialty in dermatology from the University of Nebraska.

The Patrick and Cathy Ober Community Leadership Award    

Established in 2015 in honor of K. Patrick Ober, MD, and his wife, Cathy, this award is presented annually to a first- or second-year PA student who has demonstrated remarkable dedication to community service and leadership in outreach, philanthropy, and humanitarianism. Dr. Ober has served as the Medical Director of the Wake Forest PA Program since 2003. He oversees the Foundations of Medicine and Surgery course, participates in direct teaching and facilitation of PA students, and lends his vast experience to the program’s student promotions activities. Dr. Ober completed his residency and fellowship at Wake Forest from 1974 through 1978 and then joined the faculty in the endocrinology section of the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Since then, he has served in multiple leadership roles, including as Vice Dean of Education. His mentorship, excellence in teaching, and acclaimed clinical care would be sufficient to merit countless accolades; however, Dr. Ober exceeds those parameters and dedicates himself to multiple philanthropic and service-related activities, most notably as a founding physician on the Advisory Board and as teaching/supervising provider of the DEAC (Delivering Equal Access to Care) clinic. Cathy Ober is a tireless volunteer and has outstandingly devoted time, effort, and energy to furthering the mission and activities of the Clemmons Food Pantry. 

List of award winners

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PA Studies

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Mailing Address:
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Department of PA Studies
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Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1006 

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Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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