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Geisinger-Danville delivers interdisciplinary program to nursing, PA students
09-19-12

The program was held Sept. 18 on campus.
The Misericordia University Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies Programs recently sponsored the interdisciplinary program, “Clinician-Patient Communication to Enhance Health Outcomes,’’ in the Physician Assistant Lab and Classroom of John J. Passan Hall for students enrolled in the two academic programs.

Robert Spahr, M.D., senior vice president of service quality for Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa., presented the program, which also featured a hands-on, peer evaluation exercise in therapeutic communication and medical history taking with advanced practice nurse practitioner students and graduate physician assistant students.

The MU Nursing Department’s graduate programs are designed to meet the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization as a family nurse practitioner. The Misericordia University Physician Assistant Studies program is a five-year combined Bachelor of Science in Medical Science and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

For more information about the Misericordia University nursing or physician assistant programs, please log on to www.misericordia.edu/nursing or www.misericordia.edu/pa or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.

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The Misericordia University Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Programs recently sponsored the interdisciplinary program, ‘Clinician-Patient Communication to Enhance Health Outcomes.’ Participating in the program, seated from left, are Scott L. Massey, Ph.D., chair, program director and professor, Physician Assistant Studies; Brenda Hage Ph.D., D.N.P., C.R.N.P., director of graduate nursing programs; Darci Brown, M.S.P.A.S., P.A.-C., assistant professor and director of clinical education, Physician Assistant Studies, and Abigail Davis, M.S.P.A.S., P.A.-C., assistant professor and director of didactic education; standing, Robert Spahr, M.D., Geisinger Health System; Khushbu Dalsania, N.P.-S., Clarks Summit, Pa.; Laura Weatherholtz, P.A.-S., Yardley, Pa.; Sagar Naik, P.A.-S., Philadelphia, Pa.; Christina Cobb, N.P.-S., Factoryville, Pa.; Maura Papi, N.P.-S., Clarks Summit, Pa.; Karen Simms, N.P.-S., Plains Twp., Pa.; Alexis Patrick, P.A.-S., Manahawkin, N.J., and Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D., medical director and Robert S. Anderson Endowed chair.