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UTHSCSA's first physician assistants graduate Saturday
(12-13-02)

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, congratulates the university's first graduating class of physician assistants. Fifteen students will graduate during a special ceremony at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, in UTHSCSA auditorium at 7703 Floyd Curl Drive.

Marilyn S. Harrington, Ph.D., dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, and J. Dennis Blessing, Ph.D., chairman of the department of physician assistant studies, will give special remarks honoring the graduates.

Physician assistants have become a critical component in health care, especially in areas with increased need for patient care. Physician assistants are trained to make clinical decisions and provide a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and health maintenance services. Their clinical role includes primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practice.

Contact: Aileen Salinas