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The Pulse

The Pulse
  • 2022 NC PA Program Highlight | Methodist University

    by Brian Gleason, PA-S, Methodist University Methodist PA Program Methodist PA program enrolled its first four students in 1996, becoming the third established PA program in North Carolina. In 1998, the first graduates of the program gained Methodist full accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Originally started as […]

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  • Leading the Way | Melissa Ricker, DMSc, PA-C

    Melissa Ricker, DMSc, PA-C, grew up in eastern North Carolina and came from a large family of medical professionals, including her mother who was a Family Nurse Practitioner at a non-profit serving at risk children and adolescents. Melissa attended North Carolina State University, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Biology and graduated in […]

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  • 2022 NC PA Program Highlight | Wingate University

    by Kenna Watson, PA-S, Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences, Wingate University main campus The PA program at Wingate University, which began in 2008, is a 27-month long program. New PA students begin in August each year with the didactic phase of their education, which is three semesters long. After the completion of didactic, […]

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  • Leading the Way | LaDonna Clark, DMSc, PA-C

        LaDonna Clark, DMSc, PA-C, always wanted to be a healthcare provider. Due to a close bond with her grandmother who suffered from cardiomyopathy and diabetes, she developed a passion for helping others. LaDonna attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Science, graduating with Honors in 2006. […]

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  • Get to Know Miquel Pineiro PA Board Member of the NC Medical Board

    Miguel Pineiro was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida. He served as a hospital corpsman in the US Navy.  After the Navy, PA Pineiro attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and majored in environmental studies. He is a 2004 graduate of the Duke University PA program. Initially, PA Pineiro was reluctant to […]

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  • 2022 NC PA Program Highlight | Elon University

    by Sarah Haley, PA-S, Elon University It’s been an exciting year at Elon! We have a big upcoming event–and one that the class of 2023 is immensely proud of–the inaugural Great Golf Getaway. This charity golf tournament supports the Open Door Clinic of Alamance County, a clinic providing free health care to county residents who […]

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  • Leading the Way | Justin Gambini, DMSc, MSPASc, PA-C, DFAAPA

    North Carolina PAs leading the way. Justin Gambini, DMSc, MSPASc, PA-C, DFAAPA, is the Chair of the NCAPA Student Affairs Committee. Hailing from the mountains of West Virginia, Justin grew up in the town of New Creek, down the road from the Lost River. He attended West Virginia University, where he graduated with a Bachelors […]

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  • 2022 NC PA Program Highlight | High Point University

    By Christa Shaner, PA-S, Class of 2024 Student Representative, High Point University Congdon Hall High Point University’s Physician Assistant program was founded in 2014 by Dr. Linda Sekhon, DHSc, MMS, PA-C. Since the founding, the HPU PA program has strived to create an innovative, academically rigorous, and unique curriculum designed to inspire the next generation […]

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  • Leading the Way | Andrea McKinnond, PA-C

    North Carolina PAs leading the way. Andrea McKinnond, PA-C, is one of the Co-Chairs of the NCAPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She was born and raised in Fort Pierce, Florida. Upon graduating high school, Andrea joined the US Air Force and served active duty for seven years while trying to decide what she wanted […]

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  • 2022 NC PA Program Highlight | East Carolina University

    by Bree Belmonte, PA-S, East Carolina University ECU Health Sciences Campus Student Center East Carolina University launched their PA program in 1996 to train providers to serve the people of eastern North Carolina. The program is centered around addressing primary care needs in the underserved rural areas of the state, specifically the eastern third. Each […]

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