White coats welcome new physician assistants

Aug 17, 2016, 13:54 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
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Eighty-nine incoming Physician Assistant Studies students recently received their white coats in a ceremony to welcome them into their new program of professional study.

During the July 1 rite of passage at Levin Hall on the Galveston Campus, the UTMB PA class of 2018 donned their white coats for the first time and took a professional oath, publicly acknowledging their new responsibilities and affirming their pledge to clinical excellence and health care.

The ceremony has become a tradition in the UTMB PA program. It recognizes the transition of new PA students into the academic program, into the profession and into their future career as a physician assistant.

UTMB’s Physician Assistant Studies program offers a master’s degree that prepares professionals to practice medicine on health care teams with physicians and other providers.

PAs are invaluable members of the health care team who conduct medical histories and physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat health conditions, perform procedures and provide patient education and counseling services. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of U.S. territories and the uniformed services allow PAs to practice and prescribe medications.