The Division of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies has expanded to the Northern Virginia Campus, and 12 students are to begin studies there in July, as members of the class of 2018, which also includes 42 students studying in Winchester. With the expansion, the program has added a full-time faculty member, Stephanie Bernard, MMS, PA-C, RD, LD. Bernard trained at Yale University School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program. She has a background of clinical experience in cardiology, oncology, and emergency medicine. She previously worked as a cardiology PA on the Heart Care Unit at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Before that, she worked for Dana Farber Cancer Institute on the Intensive Pain and Palliative Care Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Her emergency medicine experience comes from working as a PA in the Emergency Department at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She is also a registered dietitian and brings her expertise in nutrition and dietetics to the PA program.
Third-year Physician Assistant Studies student Laura Bonner was published in the June 2015 edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Read her piece, titled “A Good Day,” in which she recounts a day’s worth of experiences when she was a first-year student.