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Department News

  • 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.

  • The Physician Assistant Department and colleagues from the College of Health Professions celebrated Professor Mariclare Barrett's retirement after 13 years of service to the university.  Thank you for everything Mariclare and congratulations!

  • The Physician Assistant Program hosted a reception on Thursday, July 10 to mark the 20th Anniversary of the PA Program at Rosalind Franklin University.  Approximately 100 guests attended, including currently enrolled students, alumni, and College of Health Profession’s faculty and staff.   Dr. Wendy Rheault, Dean of CHP, shared her remarks regarding the growth and success of the PA program; and Dr. Patrick Knott, long term program director for the PA program, shared his observations on the impact our graduates have had on the communities they serve and the PA profession in general.   All guests received a picture frame commemorating the event; the frame featured a picture from the 20th PA class that recently graduated in June.  A generous donation by the Class of 2014 provided support for the picture frames.


  • Pi Alpha is the national PA honor society organized to recognize and promote academic achievement, leadership, research, professional and community service. In recognition of Mariclare Barrett’s contributions to the Physician Assistant Program, she was our first inductee into our new chapter. 
   Pi Alpha Honor Society

  • An awards ceremony for the graduating class of 2014 was held on June 5, 2014 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.
Lauren Vandeventer
The College of Health Professions Dean's Award for Scholarship
Presented to the PA student with the highest grade point average.
 Emily Edmonds
The College of Health Professions Clinical Education Award
Presented to the PA student for outstanding performance in clinical training. 
 Tilak Pokharel
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. 
 Elliot Johnson
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.
Tara Lykowski, PA-C  
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 Ziemowit Mazur, Ed.M., MS, PA-C has been promoted to Associate Director and Kristine Burgess, MS, PA-C has been promoted to Academic Coordinator. Congratulations to both Z and Kristine!
  • 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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