UNT Health Science Center Graduates Physician Assistants

September 21, 2000

FORT WORTH, Texas â?? The University of North Texas Health Science Center adds to the growing number of physician assistants when it holds commencement ceremonies this week for 13 physician assistant students.

Upon graduation, these students, who are all Texas residents, will place the designation â?? PA â?? after their names. Commencement takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2000, at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

Commencement speaker will be Bill Kohlhepp, a physician assistant who serves as chair of the board of directors and immediate past president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. The Academy is the national organization for physician assistants in all medical and surgical specialties.

Mr. Kohlhepp is the academic coordinator at the Quinnipiac University Physician Assistant Program in Hamden, Connecticut. He also works part-time as a physician assistant at Saint Raphaelâ??s Occupational Health Plus in New Haven, Connecticut.

The health science center launched its Physician Assistant Studies Program in 1997 as an undergraduate program. The program became the first state-funded masterâ??s PA Studies program in Texas this fall.

As licensed PAâ??s, many of the graduates will provide health care for Texans in rural locations. Students have received job offers from such towns as Wichita Falls, Lufkin, and Seven Points. Many communities faced with a shortage of physicians employ PAs to help meet their clinical service needs. In Texas, approximately 70 percent of the stateâ??s rural health clinics are staffed by PAs.

Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs are educated in the medical model, which is designed to complement the physician role. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, and assist in surgery. In Texas and 46 other states, physician assistants can write prescriptions.

Rita Fc
Women’s networking group started by TCOM leader earns national award

By Steven Bartolotta In 2007, TCOM’s Dr. Rita Patterson and Dr. Jennifer Wayne, a professor at Virginia Tech, recognized the need for women in the field of bioengineering to meet together, network, mentor and increase the representation of women in the field. Thus the ASME Bioengineering...Read more

Jun 23, 2021

Dr. Sid O'Bryant
Early findings of innovative study of Alzheimer’s among diverse populations available to dementia researchers

  A growing trove of data to help scientists understand the biology of Alzheimer’s disease among diverse populations within the context of sociocultural, behavioral and environmental factors is now available through the Institute for Translational Research at The University of North Te...Read more

Jun 22, 2021

Vic Holmes, Mpas, Edd, Pa C Assistant Professor
HSC Pride: Increased pronoun use is an emerging trend among health professionals

By Diane Smith-Pinckney The embroidery on Vic Holmes’ black scrubs identify him as a physician assistant and an ally to LGBTQ+ patients. The words, stitched under a rainbow-colored Caduceus pin and near his heart, read: “Vic Holmes, PA-C, He/Him/His, Family Medicine.” Pronouns are...Read more

Jun 21, 2021

Hsc Katie Pelch
Public health scientist lends expertise to national database addressing safer use of chemicals in our environment

By Sally Crocker Katie Pelch, PhD, wants you to know what’s in our environment and how the chemicals we’re exposed to every day may affect our health. Dr. Pelch is a part-time Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, in the HSC School of Public Health (SPH), where...Read more

Jun 21, 2021