Archives: Fall '06
Physician Assistant Grads Score 100% Pass Rate
All members of the Springfield College Physician Assistant Program, Class of 2006, passed the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants examination on the first try. According to Jennifer Hixon, physician assistant department chair, the first-time perfect pass rate is exceptional. The national first-time pass rate usually is in the 87-89% range.
Dr. Jennifer Hixon, chair and associate professor of Physician Assistant Studies, was invited to speak at the Annual CME Dinner of the Massachusetts Medical Society on October 25. The presentation was entitled “Physician Extenders for the Overextended,” and focused on the education, training, recruitment, and retention of physician assistants (PA) is various practice settings. At the conclusion of the talk, a panel discussion including physicians who employ PAs discussed the benefits of the utilization of PAs in their practices. The event was sponsored by the Massachusetts Otolaryngology Society, and was held at the medical society headquarters in Waltham.
J. Patrick Decoteau, professor of rehabilitation and disability studies, recently presented at the 2006 National Rehabilitation Counseling Association’s Professional Development Symposium held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One session was entitled, Asset-based Community Development: Emerging Strategies for Inclusion and Resource Coordination. A second presentation, targeting rehabilitation counseling students and beginning practitioners, provided an overview of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification’s Code of Ethics as a guide to practice as a rehabilitation counselor.
An interdisciplinary team of four faculty members from Springfield College have received a post-institute implementation award after attending the SENCER Summer Institute 2006 in San Jose CA from August 4 to August 7. Read more.
Dr. Julia Chevan, an associate professor of physical therapy coaches a soccer club for autistic children, officially known as the Whole Children Family Fun Soccer Club, was awarded an $18,000 grant from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism to support her work. Through Dr. Chevan’s efforts, these kids have the chance to play at a level that suits them. Read more.
Congratulations to faculty members in the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies on their receiving doctoral degrees during the spring and summer of this year. Julia Chevan, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Related Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ellen Rainville, Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, received a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University. Jennifer Hixon, Chair and Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, received a Doctor of Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.