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PA Class of 2020 celebrates White Coat Ceremony
PA Class of 2020 celebrates White Coat Ceremony

Lenoir-Rhyne University Physician Assistant Studies students from the Class of 2020 celebrated the start of their journey into clinical care at the annual White Coat Ceremony held May 2.

Surrounded by family, faculty, and friends, they became the third PA class to don their white coats at LR. Having completed the 15-month didactic phase of their medical education, they received their white coats as a symbol of progression to the clinical phase of their training.

The students were greeted by PA Chair and Program Director Richard Ball, DHSc, MPH, PA-C. Keynote speaker and Billy Price, Jr., MD, program medical director, addressed the milestone with advice and wisdom.

During the event, faculty members of the PA program cloaked students in their first white coat as a symbol of the trust being bestowed upon them to carry on the noble tradition of the medical profession. The students recited the Physician Assistant Professional Oath, marking another milestone in the journey toward completing their degree. This was the third year of the White Coat Ceremony, which celebrated its first graduating class in May 2018.

Members of LR's 2020 white coat cohort include Stephanie Balkman and Olivia Gause, both of Cary, North Carolina; Avni Satasia and Brandon Sorkin, both of Charlotte, North Carolina; Ashlyn Gates, Crouse, North Carolina; Sarah Morton, Durham, North Carolina; Robert Maughan, Fayetteville, North Carolina; Trina Dale, Gastonia, North Carolina; Natalie Honeycutt, Greensboro, North Carolina; Logan Barkley, Aaron Chapman, Rebecca Gates, Lauren Hall, and Steven Rohr, all of Hickory, North Carolina; Colby Tyler, Hillsborough, North Carolina; Erin Diggs and Emily Markey, both of Huntersville, North Carolina; Mackenzie Church, Kannapolis, North Carolina; Lindsay Fenyak, Kill Devils Hill, North Carolina; Alexis Lanier, Lexington, North Carolina; Michael Malone, Lincolnton, North Carolina; Rachel Boone, Marion, North Carolina; Kelley Godbout, Matthews, North Carolina; Alexandra Infanzon, Morrisville, North Carolina; Haley Gosnell, Newton, North Carolina; McKenzie Botts, Raleigh, North Carolina; Jacklynn Hunt, Rowland, North Carolina; Amber Farlow, Sophia, North Carolina; Kelsey McLelland and Evelyn Stein, both of Statesville, North Carolina; Lea Cenname and Benjamin Haddock, both of Wilmington, North Carolina; Courtney Prim, Yadkinville, North Carolina; Paige Fuller, Zebulon, North Carolina; Lauren Woolley, Fort Myers, Florida; William Corbitt, Athens, Georgia; Kyle Lipscomb, Vidalia, Georgia; Marissa Dreger, Chicago, Illinois; Jessica Buie, Baltimore, Maryland; Francesca Shrout, Hampstead, New Hampshire; Khalima Burns, Brooklyn, New York; Chandler Balentine, Hodges, South Carolina; and Jean Evans, Hernodon, Virginia.

LR's 110-credit hour MSPAS program includes a 15-month didactic phase (68 hours) and a 12-month clinical learning phase (42 hours). A new cohort of up to 48 students begins each January. In the clinical phase, students complete rotations at a variety of outpatient and inpatient clinical sites in areas such as family/primary care, internal medicine, psychiatry/behavioral medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology/women's health, and emergency medicine. There are seven mandatory clinical rotations and one elective clinical rotation. Students are expected to develop core competencies in these areas: medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care and professionalism.

Prospective students are encourage to learn more about the admission requirements at lr.edu/physician-assistant-studies.