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Graduate PA students elected to Student Academy of Physician Assistants House of Delegates
12-5-12

Alicia and Jenny pose with Dr. Massey.
Two graduate students enrolled in the Misericordia University Physician Assistant Studies program have been elected to the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants House of Delegates.

Alicia Dill ’14 of Bemus Point, N.Y., and Jenny Rizel ’14 of Kingston, Pa., have been selected to be members of the 51-member Student Academy, which represents about 18,000 physician assistant students in the country. Dill and Rizel are members of the first graduate student class to enroll in the Misericordia University five-year combined Bachelor of Science in Medical Science and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program.

“It’s an exciting leadership opportunity for these students and also gives them an opportunity to run for higher office,’’ said Scott L. Massey, Ph.D., P.A.-C., the founding department chair, program director and professor of the Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program. “We are very proud that two of our students were elected. Jenny and Alicia will be voting on important issues that impact the profession for both students and practicing physician assistants at the spring conference.’’

“What a spectacular and unique accomplishment for our two students to be appointed national representatives,’’ added Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D., the Robert S. Anderson Endowed chair, medical director and professor of the Misericordia University Physician Assistant Program. “We will be counting on our representatives to continue to make us all proud of them through their future accomplishments as they use their talents, motivation and values to advance the physician assistant profession at the national as well as the regional and local levels. This is a magnificent honor and opportunity for Alicia and Jen to validate their appointments by their continuing exemplary and exceptional performances.’’

The American Academy of Physician Assistants House of Delegates is the policy-making body that defines the bylaws, policies and procedures of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. The House of Delegates consists of voting delegates from chapters, officially recognized specialty organizations, the Caucus Congress and the Student Academy. Elected delegates have a voice in making recommendations on professional issues to committees, councils, caucuses, special interest groups and congresses or to the board of directors. The delegates also may participate in committee hearings conducted at the House of Delegates Meeting at the annual American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference, according to the professional association’s website (www.aapa.org).

The American Association of Physician Assistants Conference is being held May 25-29 in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the Misericordia University five-year combined Bachelor of Science in Medical Science and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/pa or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 36 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats.

Caption:

Misericordia University graduate physician assistant students, from left, Jenny Rizel ’14 of Kingston, Pa, and Alicia Dill ’14 of Bemus Point, N.Y., pose with Dr. Scott Massey, Ph.D., far right, in the Patient Assessment Laboratory in the John J. Passan Hall Annex on the lower campus after being elected to the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants House of Delegates.