Wingate University graduates charter class of Physician Assistant Studies

Wingate, N.C. -- Wingate University celebrated the graduation of its charter class of Physician Assistant Studies students in a ceremony Dec. 10. Eighteen students in the William and Loretta Harris Department of Physician Assistant Studies completed the 27-month program to earn their master's degrees.

Program Director and Assistant Professor Dr. Gary Uremovich, who started the Wingate program in 2008, congratulated the students on their accomplishments and noted that many of them already have jobs waiting.

Daniel Bryan of Kernersville has accepted a position in family practice in that area. Katie Gombar of Charlotte will work with a hospitalist group in Pineville. Sherry Hinson has accepted a position with Carolina Heart Care in her hometown of Elkin. Nicole Manion of Asheville will be employed in emergency medicine in Pikeville, Ky. Megan Smith of New Mexico has found a position in internal medicine in Monroe. Kristin Teague of Hickory has job offers in emergency medicine and orthopedics there. Rebecca Webb McClough of the Asheville area is considering a position in family practice or psychiatry in the Hendersonville/Asheville area.
To obtain their master's degree the students completed 113 semester hours, logged over 2,000 hours of clinical experience, served more than 2,300 patients and responded to more than 10,000 clinical medical questions.

During the ceremony, Dr. Roy Blank, medical director and associate professor, reminded the students of the tools they would need to succeed as physician assistants. "You will need to continuously learn in an ever-evolving world of medicine, remain honest, proactive, stay flexible and recognize the unique opportunity you have with your new profession," he said.

The highly competitive PA program typically receives more than 1,000 applications for the 20 available seats each year. It is among the top ten fastest growing professions.

About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with more than 2,300 students on two campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The University offers 32 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies and sports administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past four years.

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