Physician Assistant Students Head Out to Oregon Communities

10/31/03    Portland, Ore.

Nine Oregon Health & Science University physician assistant students are about to begin their five week rotations throughout Oregon. The rotations begin Nov. 10.

Christi Ahaus, rotation in emergency medicine, with Dean Orton, M.D., OHSU clinical assistant professor, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital Emergency Department, 3043 N.E. 28th St. Lincoln City, 541 996-7188.

Kevin Cantwell, rotation in pediatrics, with James Lace, M.D., Childhood Health Associates, 2395 Center St., N.E., Salem, 503 364-2181 or 503 364-2178.

Brandee Danks, rotation in pediatrics, with Rod Hinds, P.A.-C., OHSU clinical assistant professor, Southern Oregon Pediatrics, 750 Murphy Road, Medford, 541 608-4096.

Tricia Dannen, rotation in pediatrics, with William Keonig, M.D., Physician's Medical Center, 2695 Tanger Drive, No. 100, McMinnville, 503 472-6161.

Margie Glissmeyer, rotation in orthopaedics, with Eric Sandefur, D.O., St. Elizabeth Medical Group, 3325 Pocahantas Road, Baker City, 541 523-1798 or 541 523-1704.

Mindy Glivinski, rotation in surgery, with Harris Waters, M.D., 450 Welch St., Silverton, 503 873-5310.

Halie Goffrier, rotation in women's health, with Sonya Youngren, M.D., Redmond OB/Gyn, 213 N.W. Larch Avenue, Redmond, 541 504-7635.

Amy Littlejohn, rotation in emergency medicine, with Earl Showerman, M.D., Providence Medford Medical Center, 1111 Crater Lake Ave., Medford, 541 732-5057.

Ericka Luckel, rotation in surgery, with George Buzzas, M.D., OHSU clinical assistant professor, and Stephen Archer, M.D., Advanced Surgical Care, 2705 N.E. Conners, Suite B, Bend, 541 322-5753.

The OHSU School of Medicine PA Program was established in 1995 with the mission of preparing physician assistants to provide primary care services to rural and urban medically underserved communities. The program is a full-time, 26-month course of study culminating in a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. Current enrollment is 54 students. Besides on-campus education, students spend 14 months during the program on five-week rotations in clinical sites throughout Oregon. They are trained in primary care, women's health, pediatrics, emergency medicine, general surgery, inpatient medicine and orthopaedics. The capstone clinical experience is a 10-week primary care preceptorship, in which students complete a health promotion/disease prevention project designed to meet an identified health care need in the community.