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The thirty members of the class of 2019 Touro’s School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Winthrop Extension Center (WEC) took a huge leap in their medical journey when they donned their white coat in a ceremony held at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center on January 11. The ceremony marked their graduation from their program. After class members sit for the boards, they will move on to work as physician assistants in hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices across the US.
The Touro College Manhattan Physician Assistant (PA) Program was recently awarded a three-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services whose mission it is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America\'s communities.
Mimma Mazzola said she thought about becoming a PA when her pediatrician mentioned the profession to her. “I researched the profession and just loved it,” she said. Her desire to be in the medical field was augmented by her experience working as a medical assistant at a podiatric surgical office. “It was super hands-on,” she said. “They taught me everything: how to take blood; how to treat a wound and how to care for someone who has diabetes. Each patient had a different story.”
In an operating room, a physician assistant (PA) is a second set of hands for a surgeon, according to Supervising Physician Assistant Thomas Burns of South Side Hospital.