FACULTY AND STUDENT SERVICE HOURS

All Physician Assistant Students must earn 20 hours of service while in the program.

Class of 2017 Honduras Mission Trip

In 2015, Six Mercyhurst Physician Assistant students from the Class of 2017 went on a medical mission trip to Honduras. The mission trip was hosted by International IMPACT through Medicine in Zambrano, Honduras with the Amor Sin Fronteras (Love without Borders) Ministry. While in this country, medical services were provided to over 500 Honduran patients who have limited access to medicine as most IMPACT clinics are in July and January, and are their only source of medical care. The care provided in Zambrano and the remote community of El Espino included preventative, acute and chronic care to patients of all ages. This experience in humanitarianism was invaluable and life changing!

class of 2017 mission trip

Class of 2022 Mercyhurst Physician Assistant Student Society

Members of the Mercyhurst Physician Assistant Student Society (MPASS), advised by faculty member Amanda Oliver, raised money and collected goods this fall to benefit Grady’s Decision. The Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA) challenged student members to the fundraising drive in conjunction with its annual convention, held virtually in Erie, October 21 – 24, 2020. The Mercyhurst PA students raised over $1,000 and collected numerous restaurant gift cards and gas cards. Students also brought in donations for items needed by Grady’s Decision including more than 1,000 diapers, 87 packs of wipes, 52 pacifiers, 28 blankets, 59 bibs, 21 hats and more than 70 onsies. Grady’s Decision helps countless families and premature babies navigate the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) life.

class of 2022 service project

Class of 2023 Mercyhurst Physician Assistant Student Society

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.

class of 2023 service project

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