Physician Assistant Program featured on Charlotte's WFAE

Last week, WFAE in Charlotte produced a piece on the new UNC Physician Assistant (PA) Program, which welcomes its inaugural class for orientation this week. The piece features program director Dr. Paul Chelminski and PA student -- and military veteran who provided medical support during two combat deployments in Iraq -- Dave Manning.

Physician Assistant Program featured on Charlotte's WFAE click to enlarge UNC Physician Assistant Program faculty/staff: (L-R) Margaret Beal, Timothy Daaleman, Mary Beth McGranaghan, Paul Chelminski, Tracy Velez, Todd Williams.
Physician Assistant Program featured on Charlotte's WFAE click to enlarge UNC Physician Assistant program students, including Dave Manning (far left), who was featured on WFAE in late December.

UNC-Chapel Hill Starts Physician Assistant Program With Military Veterans In Mind

Dec. 30, 2015--Next week, UNC-Chapel Hill is launching a physician assistant program largely designed for military veterans. As the U.S. military’s drawdown plays out in a big way in North Carolina, the idea is to help troops with medical training turn their experience into jobs – and better health care.

Dave Manning provided medical support during two combat deployments in Iraq. He’s also been the sole medical provider on a Navy ship with more than 100 people. And yet after 20 years of service, "nothing I’ve done really translates over beyond basic EMT," he says.

"Trying to find something in the medical field without any credentials, without any licensure is tough," he continues. "There’s nothing out there."

Read and listen to the full story by WFAE reporter Michael Tomsic.

UNC-Chapel Hill's Department of Allied Health Sciences is home to the university's physician assistant program. Classes begin the week of Jan. 11. Learn more about the PA program, including how to apply, here.

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