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01-06-2011


University of the Cumberlands PA program holds White Coat Ceremony

 


University of the Cumberlands honors the inaugural class of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program during a White Coat Ceremony in the Gatliff Chapel.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. –On December 16, 2010, University of the Cumberlands honored the inaugural class of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program during a White Coat Ceremony in the Gatliff Chapel. An open-house reception, preceding the ceremony, was held in the Terry and Marion Forcht Medical Wing of the Correll Science Complex.

At the ceremony, Dr. Jim Taylor, President of the University of the Cumberlands and Dr. Eddie Perkins, MPAS Program Director, welcomed the students. Dr. Larry Cockrum, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Sonia Young, MPAS Associate Program Director, addressed the significance of the white coat. The white coats were presented to the students by Dr. David Williams, medical director and Dr. Sonia Young, along with the other MPAS faculty members: Rebecca Kraftick, PA-C, Joe Reed, PA-C, and Ken Reed, PA-C. Matthew Webb and Lesley Tipton, MPAS students, also participated in the ceremony. Students’ family and friends joined other members of the community in congratulating the students with their attendance and support.

The following 28 students received white lab coats signifying the transition from academic to clinical education: Adam Adkins, Kevin Caddell, Troy Clark, Melissa Day, Leslie Tipton and Wesley Faulkner of Williamsburg; Laura Whitney Burchette and April Carmen of Corbin, Amanda Baker, Kendall Gilbert, Nikki King, Kari McKnight, Tye Prewitt, Laura Walters and Matthew Webb of London, Bethany Begley of Hazard, Jared Nix of Lexington, Josh Bray of Mt. Vernon, Jennifer Duckett of Revelo, Whitney Lawson of Pikeville, Andrea Hale of Springfield, Brittany Perkins of Brodhead, Christina Sutton of Woodbine, Nae Hall of Knott Co. and Perry Co., Dewayne Brinkman of Knoxville, Tenn., Crystal McKiddy of Winfield, Tenn., Gloria Kim of Fort Wayne, In. and Kristen Mercier of Canyon Country and San Diego, Ca.

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program at University of the Cumberlands consists of twenty-four months of coursework and clinical experience. The first year consists of coursework completed in a traditional classroom and laboratory setting in the Forcht Medical Wing of the Correll Science Complex on campus, followed by a second year of clinical rotations in a professional medical setting.