Physician Assistant
Physician Assistant Department News
  • An awards ceremony for the graduating class of 2015 was held on June 5, 2015 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.

    Allie Metzler 
    The College of Health Professions Dean's Award for Scholarship
    Presented to the PA student with the highest grade point average.

    Robert Aitchison 
    The College of Health Professions Clinical Education Award
    Presented to the PA student for outstanding performance in clinical training. 

    Antonia Garland
    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 died in 2001. 
    Ms. Myers was a 1998 graduate from the PA program.

    Taebee Chang
    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.

    Pawan Sethi, MD  
    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.

  • Associate Program Director Ziemowit Mazur Ed.M., MS, PA-C is seen here with 1st year pharmacy students doing community screenings including cholesterol and blood pressure.

  • Danielle Coppalla, PT student and CHP Presidential Scholarship winner created This beautifully designed health and wellness website provides videos and health information about disease prevention with an interprofessional outlook on wellness to residents of Lake County about disease prevention while providing local resources. Videos which can be found below were an interprofessional effort by Ziemowit Mazur, Ed.M, MS, PA-C from Physician Assistant, Jeffery Damaschke, DPT, MS, OCS for Physical Therapy, Hope Biylk, MS, RD, LDN from Nutrition and Kristin Schneider, Ph.D from Psychology.


  • The PA Program hosted the spring IAPA (Illinois Academy of PAs) CME conference here on campus on Saturday, April 25. Director of Didactic Education Kristine Burgess, MS, PA-C and Director of Clinical Education Kristin Mahr, MSEP, MS, PA-C were the co-chairs for the CME event which was well-attended. RFUMS speakers included, Jason Radke, MMS, PA-C, Alex Kendall, MS, PA-C, Ziemowit Mazur, Ed.M, MS, PA-C, Jeff Greene, MPAS, PA-C, Program Director and Chair Michel Statler, MLA, PA-C, and Michael Shuman, PharmD (College of Pharmacy). Also held at RFU in conjunction with the IAPA CME was the annual student challenge bowl. Students from five PA programs in the state participated (RFUMS, Midwestern University, Rush University, Northwestern University, and Southern Illinois University). Coached by Director of Didactic Education Kristine Burgess, MS, PA-C. First place went to Southern Illinois University and RFUMS took third!
  • Members of the PA class of 2016 and students from DePaul University participated in the  American Diabetes Association Chicago EXPO  at McCormick Place, on Saturday, April 18, 2014.  The DePaul students performed Body Mass Index  screenings and measured waist circumference to assess for increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Physician assistant students explained the significance of these measurements to the EXPO attendees, and  under supervision of faculty Jason Radke, MMS, PA-C and  Kristin Mahr, MSEP, PA-C, counseled about prevention and management of Diabetes Mellitus.                                                                                                                                                                         

  • A big congrats to our Director of Didactic Education Kristine Burgess, MS, PA-C who received the Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award in recognition of her teaching as well as many other contributions she makes for the didactic year.

    Dr. Scott Beatse, one of our clinical preceptors, was also recognized as CHP Outstanding Clinical Preceptor. Congratulations Dr. Beatse! 

  • PA Class of 2016 sent care packages overseas to our brave Army Soldiers. The Infantrymen were quite happy with the boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and said it was a great moral boost! Hooah Class of 2016!
  • Congratulations to first year Physician Assistant student JoLynn Reed who was named Interprofessional Community Clinic Volunteer of the Month!   A big thanks to Associate Program Director Ziemowit Mazur Ed.M., MS, PA-C and  Director of Didactic Education Kristine Burgess, MS, PA-C who recently joined the ICC volunteer force!

  • Associate Program Director Ziemowit Mazur Ed.M., MS, PA-C was re-elected this year as the Public Education and Marketing Committee Chair for Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA). Ziemowit was also elected as a representative for IAPA for our national organization American Academy of Physician Assistant (AAPA) as House of Delegates representative for 2016/2017. Director of Clinical Education Kristin Mahr, MSEP, MS, PA-C and Director of Didactic Education Kristine Burgess, MS, PA-C are also members of IAPA.  In addition, they serve as RFUMS PA program representatives on the IAPA Board of Directors.    

  • PA Alum and scholarship winner Meredeth Campbell, was featured in the Daily Herald as she provided free screenings and medical advice at the   Community Care Connection mobile clinic's stop at the Round Lake Public Library.

  • Congrats to the Physician Assistant Team for being ranked among the top 10% of graduate physician assistant programs by  USA NEWS and World Report  for 2015! ! 

  • PA Program Associate Director Ziemowit Mazur, Ed.M., MS, PA-C  of the Community Care Connection, was a featured guest on North Shore Live - Cooper's Corner, a locally hosted public access program broadcasted in Highland Park. The show aired live Wednesday February 18. Ziemowit and Community Care Coordinator Michael Smith discussed breaking down barriers to access healthcare in the local community for those underinsured or uninsured. Great job Ziemowit!


  • First year PA Student Kelly Jo Smith was selected from a pool of competitive applicants  as Franklin Fellow and is responsible for designing and implementing community based projects on immunization education for parents and healthcare providers. Congrats Kelly Jo!

  • Check out this article on our own Rea Katz, PhD, PA-C in The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle!
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has hit the Physician Assistant Department! Faculty members Marcia Stout, Kristine Burgess, Ziemowit Mazur,  and department chair Michel Statler all took the soak to raise awareness.


    • The onset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is insidious with muscle weakness or stiffness as early symptoms. Progression of weakness, wasting and paralysis of the muscles of the limbs and trunk as well as those that control vital functions such as speech, swallowing, and breathing. 
    • Although the life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about two to five years from the time of diagnosis, progression of the disease is variable and up to 20% of patients with ALS can live with quality for five years and more.  More than half of all patients live more than three years after diagnosis.
    • ALS can strike anyone, but it is not contagious.
    • While there is no cure, there are new treatments that slow the progression of symptoms.

    Source:  (ALS Association)

    Please donate today to support ALS research   

  • On Saturday August 23rd faculty member  Ziemowit Mazur, PA-C  along with PA students Wendy Tan, Luke Stock, Jessica Kozlowski, and alum Bernadette Miszczysz, PA-C  attended the Lives in Medicine conference. This Chicago-based organization was founded by and for Polish American students pursuing careers in medicine and seeking their own paths in healthcare. The goal of this conference is to encourage professionals and students to share their experiences of medical school application, acceptance, as well as residency and volunteer opportunities. Presentations on the Physician Assistant career and the admission process were given by Professor Mazur and Alum  Berna M. participated in the graduate student panel.