Primary Care Training
1) This year the Department of Physician Assistant Studies was awarded the Primary Care Enhancement Initiative Grant of $1.25 million. Only 32 such grants were awarded in the United States and only five were awarded in New York. The goal of this project is to expand the breadth and depth of PA training in primary care, to improve patient access to care, and to address the Healthy People 2020 goal of reducing health disparities among multicultural, multi-ethnic, and multi linguistic populations. This grant will enable the Department of Physician Assistant Studies to develop academic training and financial incentives to both expand and retain the number of successful training sites and preceptors in medically underserved, rural, and primary care venues, as well as to develop a bridge program for veterans wishing to become physician assistants.
2) In 2012, Le Moyne College was awarded a $650,000 Health Resources and Services Administration Health Professions (HRSA) grant designed to help health profession training programs address some of the most pressing needs across the U.S. health care workforce Among the aims of the grant are to encourage clinicians to practice in underserved areas and care for underserved populations and to increase the number of racial and ethnic minority clinicians to mirror the U.S. population. The faculty of the Le Moyne College P.A. program has chosen to meet these goals by taking a close look at our first-year curriculum; enhancing lectures, presentations and student experiences to support primary care training initiatives; and emphasizing care of the whole person and inter-professional training. Faculty members are also focusing on health literacy awareness and training during both the first and second year of training and primary care clinical training site development.
3) In 2011, the College was awarded a HRSA grant to expand the number of Physician Assistants to practice in primary care. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies designed a very competitive scholarship opportunity for new students The scholarship recipients were chosen based on their desire to practice in rural, underserved communities in primary care upon graduation as well as their backgrounds prior to entering the physician assistant studies program. Over the past five years, 30 students have received this award. To date, about 50 percent of graduates who received this award are practicing in primary care settings.
4) Mary Springston, PA-C, chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, was awarded a sabbatical for the fall of 2015. Springston will spend that time working on a project is to develop culturally competent primary care PAs who will work in underserved communities after they graduate from Le Moyne College. The project's overarching theme will be to develop domestic and global/and mission-based clinical site rotations for P.A. students while simultaneously developing interdisciplinary opportunities for the College at large.
1) Mary Springston, PA-C, chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, was nominated to serve as present elect of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA). The NSYSSPA has represented and served the PA profession for over 35 years. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies has received the President's Commendation Award since 2010 for 100 percent membership in NYSSPA, which demonstrates exemplary support for the PA profession.
1) William Holmes, Ph.D., research coordinator and associate professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, recently wrote a 17-chapter introductory textbook titled Statistical Literacy for Clinical Practitioners along with William C Rinaman, Ph.D. The book reviews basic research designs and statistics employed in clinical research. Using data sets from actual studies, the book also explains how to use statistical software (SPSS) to analyze data. It includes in-chapter questions and end-of-chapter exercises, and a solutions manual. Statistical Literacy for Clinical Practitioners is assigned reading for Le Moyne PA students working on their master’s projects.
2) Every second-year PA student must work as part of a team on a master’s project. Working with a faculty advisor and the research coordinator, each team designs, executes and reports an empirical study of a topic relevant to physician assistant. Topics typically concern issues is public health, PA education and training, or clinical practice. Each team documents its findings by submitting a written report to the department, and by presenting a poster to the College community.
· Across the graduating classes of 2007 through 2015, 88 master’s projects have been completed.
· About 20 percent of the projects have been presented at national and regional conferences (American Academy of Physician Assistants, Physician Assistant Education Association, and the New York State Society of Physician Assistants).
1) The Physician Assistant Student Society at Le Moyne lives the mission of both the college as well as the program. The student society encourages and supports academic achievement, clinical excellence and community engagement. Members volunteer in many community organizations and raise funds for organizations that support health and wellness in our community. This year they put together personal care packages for the homeless in Syracuse, and raised money to help support the efforts of Ophelia’s Place, an organization that helps individuals and families impacted by eating disorders, disordered eating and body dissatisfaction. The students also hosted an American Red Cross Blood Drive, they collect food and clothing for local organizations to support people in the community. During the winter of 2015, the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and the Department of Nursing hosted a foot care clinic for the underserved in the city of Syracuse. They provided basic foot care, socks, shoes and comfort to people in need.
2) Anthony Vinciquerra, M.D., the Inaugural Julia and Thomas Lanigan Distinguished Chair in Medicine and Ethics for Le Moyne College, has developed projects that engage P.A. students through research, experiential learning, and special lectures presented by invited scholars from around the country annually.
For example, when the historic Main Street of Dubois, Wyo, (host to many Le Moyne PA students’ pioneer medicine rotations) caught fire with many landmark buildings completely destroyed, the PA class held a fundraiser for the “Needs of Dubois” 501c 3 organization, and raised $960.00 through a pancake breakfast and T-shirt sale. The monies raised helped displaced shop owners and their families cope with the tragedy in the small, Western town on the Wind River Range.
Other examples of Dr Vinciquerra’s initiatives include the “Wyoming Project” which places select second-year PA students in rural clinics out West. One of the clinics is located on the Eastern Shoshone/Northern Arapaho Reservation. His approach engages PA students in an immersion experience that takes place over 5,000 square miles. Poverty and social disenfranchisement are common; health care providers, scarce.
3) Lynn-Beth Satterly, M.D., associate director and professor of practice in the department of physician assistant studies, is the founding medical director for Amaus Health Services, facility in Syracuse that provides care for persons who are without insurance.