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  'MESSAGE' => string 'The sixth White Coat ceremony for new students in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. It will take place in the Keller Auditorium of the school’s Wold Center and is open to the public. 

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UND physician assistant class of 2008 receive white coats Friday


The sixth White Coat ceremony for new students in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. It will take place in the Keller Auditorium of the school’s Wold Center and is open to the public.

The class consists of 33 students (19 women and 14 men) from 16 states. These students, members of the program’s 36th class, will receive their white coats and UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences pins. They also will receive “Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the Physician Assistant Profession.”

“The presentation of the white coat is symbolic of the new profession the students are entering,” said Mary Ann Laxen, PA program director. The students will wear these coats throughout the clinical phase of their training.

Guest speaker for the event is Robert Beattie, associate professor and chair of family and community medicine at the UND medical school.

Physician assistants are health care professionals who practice medicine with physician guidance and supervision. The UND physician assistant program, the only one in North Dakota, is the only one in the United States specifically geared to clinically practicing health care professionals who have at least two years of professional experience.

They reside in their home communities during the training experience, coming to UND only for four, four-week periods and a week prior to graduation. Most of their 22-month program of study occurs in the hometown clinical setting under the supervision of their physician-faculty members. Most of these students come from rural communities, where, in many cases, they plan to continue working.

More than 70 percent of physician assistants practicing in North Dakota are graduates of the UND program.

For more information, please contact the PA program office at 777-2344.
-- Amanda Scurry, public information specialist, UND SMHS, ascurry@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-0871