Physician Assistant Students Honored at Nineteenth Annual Convocation for Clinical Clerkship at Alderson Broaddus University


Twenty-nine members of the physician assistant (PA) studies Class of 2019 were honored during the official white coat and pinning convocation at Alderson Broaddus University on Friday, July 27.

“This ceremony is so important to the families and students because it symbolizes professionalism and commitment to patient care while transitioning from one phase to another,” said Thomas Moore, director of the physician assistant studies program and dean of the College of Medical Science.

This final year will be spent in clinical rotations at local hospitals and medical centers, focusing on and delivering high-quality patient-centered care.

The Class of 2019 include: Rawan Abufarha from Swartz Creek, Mich.; Charlene Arena from Shelby, N.C.; Rachel Ashley from Scott Depot, W.Va.; Megan Bartlett from Fairmont, W.Va.; Keri Bedillion from Washington, Pa.; Shawn Beltz from Mt. Gilead, Ohio; Vivian Bracero from Manassas, Va.; Jordan Brewer from Uniontown, W.Va.; Nida Chaudhry from Manassas, Va.; Marie Christenson from Corcoran, Minn.; Amanda Fitzgerald from Mokena, Ill.; Tonya Gayman from Marianna, Pa.; Avery Gookin from Morgantown, W.Va.; Jory Gotham from Ogdensburg, N.Y.; Elizabeth Holsclaw from Woodhaven, Mich.; Alexa Kuenzel from Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; Elizabeth Luttner from Alexandria, Va.; Melanie Lyon from Chandler, Ariz.; Michelle Mandus from Presto, Pa.; Sinclair McLean from Charlotte, N.C.; Robert Oshnock from Macomb, Mich.; Amelia Paine from Scottsville, Va.; Joe Panelli from Flagstaff, Ariz.; Nicolai Pineda from Liburn, Ga.; Ethan Ramsey from New Milton, W.Va.; Nicholas Schubring from New Glarus, Wis.; Jordan Shaver from Buckhannon, W.Va.; Sahara Stanley from Princeton, W.Va.; and Aleksandra Tomczyk from Whippany, N.J.

Tyler Bradley, Class of 2018 and recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award—an award based on compassion, leadership, working relations, clinical adequacy, academic performance, and support of the goals and objectives of the physician assistant program—addressed the class, giving them six ways to optimize their clerkship year.

Among Bradley’s words of advice: always to be grateful. “There are thousands of people who dream about being in your shoes at this moment; always remember that you were chosen among many to be here today. Don’t take that for granted.”

As the Class of 2019 transitions into their clinical phase, the Class of 2018 prepares for graduation on August 17 at Alderson Broaddus University.

The mission of the Alderson Broaddus University School of Physician Assistant Studies is to academically and clinically prepare physician assistants who deliver high-quality, patient-centered, primary and specialty care with physician supervision, to diverse populations.

Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968 and the first post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1990. For more information, call AB Admissions at 1-800-263-1549 or visit


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