2021 Preceptor of the Year

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies has awarded Dr. Daniel Burns, M.D. F.A.C.O.G the 2021 Preceptor of the Year.

Dr. Burns has over 20 years of precepting experience in Women’s Health. During this past year students routinely noted the excellent experience that Dr. Burns provided them while on rotation.  Student comments included, “He showed great patient care which allowed his patients to trust him. His passion for medicine radiated to others which made it a joy to work along his side” as well as, “He is a caring and compassionate provider and teacher.  From my first day in women's health, his enthusiasm for teaching students was apparent”.

The Preceptor of the Year Award is an award that honors outstanding preceptors who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the clinical education of PA students as a mentor and instructor. The award is bestowed upon clinical preceptors who exceed expectations in precepting students thus elevating the standards of teaching and mentorship for our trainees and providing exceptional service to our program and profession. 

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Celebrated Alumni Award

The Department of Physician Assistant studies would like to congratulate Tyler Budziszewski MPAS, PA-C on receiving the inaugural Celebrated Alumni Award.

Tyler has shown a commitment to the education of Mercyhurst University physician assistant students during both the didactic and clinical year.   Tyler’s dedication to education embodies the DPAS vision and program goals.  Tyler graduated from Mercyhurst University with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in 2017. 

The Celebrated Alumni Award was created by the DPAS to honor alumna who have exceeded expectations in clinical excellence, service, advocacy, leadership and/or commitment to PA education.

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46th Annual PSPA Conference

The Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA) held their annual conference at Kalahari Resort in the Poconos. This year the charity chosen to fundraise for was The Kindness Project, which is an all-volunteer, donation-based, nonprofit-organization created to provide support to foster families in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas, free of charge. 

Members of the Mercyhurst Physician Assistant Student Society (MPASS), advised by faculty member Amanda Oliver, collected and purchased over 1,500 baby wipes, 400 diapers, 120 pairs of socks, 60 pairs of gloves, 180 toothbrushes and 100 clothing items! They were also able to donate crib sheets, bed sheets, toys, puzzles, activity books, flashcards, numerous backpacks, personal hygiene products, bibs, winter coats, and books.

In addition to being the top program for donations, members of the Mercyhurst PA Program won 2nd place in the 21st Annual PSPA Student Challenge Bowl. This year’s team consisted of clinical students Brandon Zwick, James Matson, Rachel Pidala and Rachel Orth.

46th annual PSPA conference