PA Studies Boone campus is launched!
After completing the Fundamentals of Basic Sciences course
with their Winston-Salem-based classmates, the physician assistant students who
make up the inaugural class for the Wake Forest PA Program’s Boone campus have
moved up the mountain to begin their first full week of instruction in Boone. This
intrepid group of 24 pioneers includes Abby Bagliani, Allison Brantley, Ansley
Carnes, Samantha Condon, Samantha Dowless, Ginna Edwards, Chelsea Fong, Parks
Harper, Tim Holcomb, Tayla Howard, Morgan Jackson, Ben King, Brendan Klitsch,
J.T. LaBruyere, Catherine McGrady, Brianna McShea, Tyler Mohr, Sara Orlowski,
Cole Podraza, Jordyn Reisenauer, Sara Richard, Bryson Shepherd, Becky Vaglio,
and Michael Vollmer. These Class of 2016 students are joined by Boone program
coordinator Rebecca Moore; distant campus coordinator Suzanne Reich, PA-C, MPAS;
and faculty members Alexandra Godfrey, MS, PA-C; David Kuhns, PA-C, MPH; M.J.
Leonardi, MMS, PA-C; and Sarah Maloney, MS, MPAS, PA-C.
The Wake Forest PA program worked in partnership with
Appalachian State University to develop a distant campus in Boone to train
primary care physician assistants who could help address the critical need for
health care providers in western North Carolina. Projected shortages of primary
care clinicians pose serious threats to health care access, particularly in
rural areas in the western part of the state, and these underserved counties
are the types of locations where the population can directly benefit from