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Idaho State University Physician Assistant program featured in national magazine

Posted July 12, 2011

POCATELLO/MERIDIAN – Pick up a copy of this month's "PA Professional" and you just might see a familiar face or two on the cover.

Idaho State University's Physician Assistant Program is the cover story of "PA Professional’s" June/July issue, the national trade magazine published by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

The three-page article titled, "In Sync With Distance Learning—Answering the Call for More Providers," discusses the growth of the program in Pocatello, the expansion to the Meridian Health Science Center and how classrooms on both campuses are linked seamlessly through distance-learning technology.

Program director and department chair, Paula Phelps, says in the article that 60 percent of the program’s graduates stay in Idaho to practice—serving rural communities and helping ease Idaho's critical shortage of healthcare providers.

Idaho State University, which has the only physician assistant program in Idaho, awards the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. Graduates complete a rigorous 24 months of training. The first year is spent in the classroom and the second in clinical rotations.

Read the full article at http://www.aapa.org/news/pa-professional.

For more information in the ISU PA program, visit http://www.isu.edu/PAprog.

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