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Weil named new director of PA

by Chuck Gordon

David Weil, of Lexington, South Carolina, has been named program director of the William and Loretta Harris Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Wingate University, beginning Aug. 1. He will also serve as an associate PA professor.

Weil, the associate director of the PA program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Columbia, had previously served as a clinical preceptor for the Wingate PA program for several years under Rosalind Becker, who is retiring as program director.

“Under the leadership of Roz Becker, the Wingate PA Program has grown into a well-respected and successful program,” Weil says. “I look forward to building upon her success with a great team of dedicated and experienced faculty.”

Weil, who expects to complete his doctor of medical sciences degree at the University of Lynchburg next month, has a passion for “active learning.”

“A break from teacher-centered instruction allows students to become more engaged in the classroom, encourages deeper knowledge, and enhances lifelong self-directed learning skills,” Weil says. “Active learning also provides our students with opportunities to develop their communication skills and professionalism, both of which are critical to the profession.”

Weil joins a PA program that has been an unqualified success at Wingate. The program’s first-time pass rate on the national licensing exam, the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam, averages 98 percent over the past five years, above the national average.

“We are excited to bring in a director whose commitment to producing passionate healthcare professionals parallels our program’s already proven success,” said Bob Supernaw, Wingate’s interim provost. “We continually assess our curriculum to ensure that we meet our pass-rate goals. And as the leading healthcare educator in western North Carolina, we offer interdisciplinary experiences so that our PAs can learn how to make a difference working as part of a team even before they begin clinical rotations.”

Weil received both his baccalaureate degree in physician assistant studies and his master’s degree in medical science from Nova Southeastern University. His areas of specialty are primary care and emergency medicine.

Becker has served as the PA program director since 2011. She announced her retirement earlier this year, after serving as a founding faculty member since the program was conceived in 2007.

Learn more about Wingate’s PA program, which has locations in Wingate and Hendersonville.

July 1, 2020

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