PA program: We’re number one

The last two weeks have been a busy mix of celebration and recognition for those involved with the Carver College of Medicine’s Physician Assistant program.

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, current students, faculty, and alumni gathered in the Kinnick press box to celebrate U.S. News & World Report’s ranking our Physician Assistant program number one in the country in the latest listing of “Best Graduate Schools.”

And this week is Physician Assistant Week. To recognize the week, we asked several of our current PA students about why they chose the University of Iowa, what makes us different, and their future plans with the university.

“The faculty and staff played a big role in my decision to attend the PA program at the University of Iowa,” says Terry Hayes. “They make you feel welcome from day one and have an incredibly genuine desire to see us succeed.”

Wes Lyons says, “’Midwest nice’ or ‘Iowa nice’ is more than just a colloquialism that people use to describe us. The feeling of being welcomed and supported by the faculty, fellow students, standardized patients, clinical staff, and the community is what makes for such a positive experience during an incredibly challenging academic program.”

“Upon graduation, I do plan to pursue employment with UI Hospitals & Clinics,” continues Hayes. “It provides the opportunity to work with clinicians and researchers who are experts and leaders in their field, which I believe will allow me to provide the best care to my future patients.”

How are you celebrating our Physician Assistants this week (and every week)? Check out the video below for more on why our students love our PA program.

Want to learn more about our PA program? Check out how one of our dietitians recently acquired “An appetite for PA life.