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PA Studies Class of 2021 posts 100% first-time pass rate on national exam

By Kate Hunger

Every student in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2021 passed the profession’s national certifying exam on the first try.

The 100% first-time time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) is well above the national average of 93%, said Associate Professor Paul Allen, Sr., DSc, MPAS, PA-C, FAAPA, program director and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at UT Health San Antonio. “Our personal benchmark is that we want to score at or better than the national average,” Dr. Allen said.

PA student practices clinical skills

Doctor of Physical Therapy students receive white coats and pins

By Kate Hunger

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2023 received its white coats and pins in a ceremony marking the transition from classroom learning to caring for patients.

“The students are deemed ready to start seeing patients during their full time clinical rotations,” said Department of Physical Therapy Chair and Associate Professor Greg Ernst, PhD, ECS. “They will complete a total of 34 weeks of full time rotations in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, neurologic rehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and others.”

Doctor of Physical Therapy students wear their white coats at ceremony

Physician Assistant Studies department chair receives Presidential Award

By Kate Hunger

Thirty years ago, Paul B. Allen, Sr., DSc, MPAS, PA-C, FAAPA, FSAPA, associate professor, chair and program director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at UT Health San Antonio, would not have guessed his future included leading an effort to increase the number of health care providers in the Laredo area.

Paul B. Allen, Sr., associate professor, chair and program director of the Department of PA Studies

National occupational therapy conference held in San Antonio

By Kate Hunger

The American Occupational Therapy Association held its annual conference in San Antonio March 31–April 3, the first time the annual gathering has included an in-person option in three years.

Attendees of the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference held in San Antonio in spring 2022.

Students win bowl competition, faculty honored at state speech-hearing conference

By Kate Hunger


A trio of speech-language pathology students won first place in an academic bowl during the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association (TSHA) annual convention in Fort Worth.

Second-year master’s students Madelynn Patzer, Jadea Hill and Hannah Jackson competed in a multi-round Praxis Bowl competition among Texas universities. Teams answered timed practice questions for the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology, the standardized exam required for certification.

Speech-language pathology students win Praxis bowl

PA Studies professor elected to Texas delegation of national PA academy’s house of delegates

By Kate Hunger

Meredith Quinene, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, has been elected by the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) as a delegate to the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) House of Delegates.The AAPA House of Delegates is the national legislative body for the PA profession and has voting delegates from 58 chapters representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and five federal services.

PA Studies Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator Meredith Quinene

Study shows COVID-19 patients in ICU improved functional mobility after PT intervention

By Kate Hunger

Physical therapy Assistant Professor Bobby Belarmino, PT, DPT, PhD, CCS, co-authored a recently published paper outlining a new clinical decision-making algorithm to help clinicians identify COVID-19 patients for whom physical therapy intervention in the ICU is appropriate.

Assistant Professor Bobby Belarmino

PA Studies student named Presidential Ambassador Scholar for School of Health Professions

By Kate Hunger


Physician Assistant Studies student Caitlyn Swopes is the School of Health Professions’ 2022 Presidential Ambassador Scholar.

Swopes has devoted a substantial number of hours to leadership and volunteer efforts, said Steven “Tony” Skaggs, PhD, MPAS, PA-C, assistant professor, associate chair and associate program director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

Presidential Ambassador Scholar Caitlyn Swopes

MLS student earns spot in public health program at the University of Michigan

By Kate Hunger


Three days after Alana Rubio graduates this May with her bachelor’s in medical laboratory sciences, she will begin a 10-week program at the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

Medical laboratory sciences bachelor's student Alana Rubio

EMT–Basic program application is open through May 1

Applicants to the new Emergency Medical Technology (EMT)–Basic program have until May 1 to apply for the Summer 2022 session.

EMTs are trained to provide emergency medical care to the critically ill and injured and to work in the EMS system, but some students complete the program to gain immediate, relevant health care experience, said Lance Villers, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Health Sciences in the School of Health Professions.

Emergency medical technicians in background with IV in foreground

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