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Physician Assistant Studies program expands

Posted on November 12, 2014

Administrators and faculty members celebrated the expansion of Grand Valley’s physician assistant program in Traverse City November 11.

The satellite program will open at the Traverse City Regional Center next fall. Andrew Booth, department chair, said students in the master’s level program in Traverse City will interact daily with their counterparts at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in Grand Rapids through the use of ITV, a remote site classroom video system.

Booth and Theresa Bacon-Baguley, professor of physician assistant studies, were joined in Traverse City by Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost for Health; Roy Olsson, dean of the College of Health Professions; and Simone Jonaitis, executive director of the Center for Adult and Continuing Studies.

Timothy Nelson, president of Northwestern Michigan College, and Dr. Rob Smith, medical director of Munson Medical Center’s Emergency Department, also made remarks.

Olsson said adding the satellite program allows Grand Valley to enroll more students in the program overall, as students in Traverse City will spend their clinical year in northern Michigan health care facilities.