Physician Assistant Studies

By Ryan Clark
CHS Communications Director

In the ensuing year, she took time to learn.

She worked on her relationship with patients. She revised her personal statement. And she grew and matured personally and professionally.

Twelve months later, when it was time to apply for UK’s Physician Assistant Program again, Emma Li Mathews was ready — she was accepted, and her dream was one step closer to reality.

Physician Assistant Studies

On Aug. 27, 2022, the UKPAs celebrated their Black Bag Ceremony on the Morehead Campus.

Gathering at the Center for Health Education & Research Building (CHER), in the Dr. Gerald DeMoss Conference Room, the class had a great time. 

Physician Assistant Studies

DR. LESLIE WOLTENBERG

Physician Assistant Studies

By Ryan Clark
CHS Communications Director

Mya Faris grew up in a very rural place — McArthur, Ohio, about two hours east of Cincinnati — with a population of about 1,700.

There was one locally owned grocery, no hospitals and no urgent cares. 

Physician Assistant Studies

By Ryan Clark
CHS Communications Director

Jamie Suhr came all the way from the West Coast to spend his first day in Physical Therapy school in the College of Health Sciences Monday.

Suhr, a 29-year-old native of Boise, Idaho, attended his first class — physiology — and he came away impressed.

Physician Assistant Studies

Shelley Irving

Physician Assistant Studies

By Ryan Clark
CHS Communications Director

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 15, 2022) — Two faculty members in Physician Assistant Studies are assuming new leadership roles, the chair of the department announced today.

Kevin Schuer, DrPH, PA-C, has accepted the position of PA program director, while Leslie Woltenberg, PhD, will become the new Director of Graduate Studies, said Virginia Valentin, DrPH, PA-C, and chair of the Physician Assistant Studies department.

Physician Assistant Studies

By Ryan Clark
CHS Communications Director

Maggie Casteel Smith’s patient had trouble sleeping.

Upon further questioning, she discovered the patient was using marijuana, and apparently had a history of abuse as a child. What to do?

“In my plan, I referred her to psychiatry to obtain counseling for her past trauma,” Casteel Smith said. “As a provider, we must get to the true root of a patient’s problem, and in this case, it seems as though the root of my patient’s trouble sleeping was actually childhood trauma.”

Physician Assistant Studies

By Ryan Clark
CHS Communications Director

Physician Assistant Studies

As part of the class’s goal to participate in charitable events and enjoy each other outside of class, the UK Physician Assistant Studies Class of '24 decided to take a break from the arduous academic year and put into practice “healthy brain – healthy body” by participating in the Ultramarathon event at “The Survive the Night Relays” on June 17-18.

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