Department Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

Physician assistants practice as members of physician-directed teams. The American Academy of Physician Assistants defines the PA as “a health professional licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision.” In clinical practice, the PA complements the practice style of the supervising physician or physicians. The physician-physician assistant relationship defines the PA role in health care. PAs provide medical care to patients within the scope of practice of their supervising physician by effectively collecting essential medical data (through medical history-taking, physical examination, and ordering and interpreting necessary diagnostic testing); diagnosing patients by assessing the available patient, medical data; and providing patients with specific therapies, including the prescribing of medications, counseling, and patient education appropriate to the patients’ conditions.

As noted in the program’s mission statement, we are committed to creating an academic environment that will produce superior physician assistants who possess the requisite skills, knowledge, and understanding to function in diverse communities designated as health professional shortage areas, and to treat all patients with dignity, respect, and compassion. The program attracts faculty, staff, and students who are dedicated to providing quality and culturally sensitive medical care.

I wish you every success in the pursuit of your chosen career and thank you for considering the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Physician Assistant Studies as a partner in your professional preparation.

Susan O. Cappelmann, MS, MT (ASCP), PA-C
Program Director and Chair

Susan O. Cappelmann, MS, MT (ASCP), PA-C Program Director and Chair