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Department News

2013 Awards Ceremony

  • An awards ceremony for the graduating class of 2013 was held on June 6, 2013 at Navy Pier. Honors were recognized from the Chicago Medical School, College of Pharmacy, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Dr. William H. Scholl College of Pediatric Medicine, and The College of Health Professions. The Physician Assistant Department proudly congratulates the following Physician Assistant graduates for their recognition at this year’s award ceremony.
Joshua Bennington
The College of Health Professions Dean's Award for Scholarship
Presented to the PA student with the highest grade point average.
 Melissa L. DeZoute
The College of Health Professions Clinical Education Award
Presented to the PA student for outstanding performance in clinical training. 
 Kathryn L. Roggow
Lee Ann Myers Memorial Award
Presented to the PA student who has chosen this profession as a second career.
This award was established by the family and friends of Lee Ann who dies in 2001.
Ms. Myers was a 1998 graduate from the PA program. 
 Daniel J. Mizwicki
Tara Pullara Memorial Award
Presented to the PA student who shows exceptional ability as a compassionate 
patient care provider. Tara's battle with cancer ended just prior to her graduation from 
the PA program in 2009.
 Dr. Ninad Dixit
Physician Assistant Clinical Preceptorship Award
Presented to the physician or physician assistant selected by the students as the 
clinician who has contributed most significantly to their clinical education.


  • The PA department is pleased to announce that James R. Carlson, PhD, PA-C, Assistant Professor, was inducted into the Master Teacher Guild at RFUMS. Congratulations Jim!
  • The Physician Assistant Departments congratulates this year’s Challenge Bowl team members, Mandy Cleppe, Leah Wargolet, and Melissa Turley, PA class of 2014, for their participation in the National Medical Challenge Bowl at the AAPA’s 41st Annual Physician Assistant Department hosted in Washington DC on May 27, 2013. The team, who were advised by Ziemowit Mazur, E. Md, MS, PA-C, Academic Coordinator for the PA department, joined the competitive field of 65 teams from other PA programs who participated in this year’s Challenge Bowl. The Challenge Bowl  team which also included Nate Anderson, President of the 2014 class, had previously competed in the state challenge bowl hosted by the Illinois Academy of PA’s. 

  • The Physician Assistant class of 2015 participated in the American Diabetes Association EXPO at McCormick Place, on Saturday, April 5, 2014.  The students performed Body Mass Index screenings and measured waist circumference to assess for increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease under supervision of faculty Kristin Mahr, MSEP, PA-C .  Physician assistant students counseled participants of the EXPO about healthy dietary and lifestyle choices to assist in the prevention and management of Diabetes Mellitus.



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