PA Program - PLV Graduates Inaugural Class
On December 20, the College of Health Professions Physician Assistant Program - Pleasantville kicked off the holidays with a very special celebration as it graduated its very first class with a traditional White Coat Ceremony. Families, friends, CHP faculty and staff filled the Kessel Center Gottesman Room to applaud the achievements of the 28 graduates, congratulate award winners and enjoy a glimpse into the Class of 2019’s life during their 27 months in the program in a student-produced slide show. Also on hand to congratulate the graduates were Pace President Dr. Marvin Krislov and Pace Provost Dr. Vanya Quiñones.
Following a welcome by Program Founding Director Stephen Sweitzer, CHP Dean Dr. Harriet R. Feldman addressed the class.
“Your profession will require much of you – long hours, challenging patients, and an ever-changing healthcare landscape. The good news is that you are entering a profession that provides endless opportunities - opportunities to welcome new life into the world and to accompany patients as they leave this world, the privilege to care for vulnerable individuals and watch them recover from injuries or illness, and the ability to witness firsthand the incredible resilience of the human spirit. I have no doubt that, with the preparation you received here in the College of Health Professions, you will leave fully prepared to meet the future as compassionate leaders. I know you will bring pride to the university and to me as your dean.”
Reflecting on her experience in the program, class Valedictorian Kelsey Vella said, “Pace has provided me with an unforgettable opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a physician assistant. I now look forward to utilizing the entirety of my medical training as a PA in emergency medicine.”
One by one, the graduates stepped up to receive their white coats, the symbol of the transition from student to clinician, before standing together to recite the Physician Assistant Oath.
Established in 2017, the PA - Pleasantville Program, with its mission to educate culturally diverse students who will go on to professional practice in communities and healthcare settings with diverse - and often underserved - populations, is now in its third year.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Well done!