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May 17 2013

NYIT's Physician Assistant Graduates Celebrate at White Coat Ceremony

PA White CoatOld Westbury, N.Y.  (May 17, 2013) — Fifty graduates of the NYIT Physician Assistant Studies program wore smiles and long white coats Thursday as they marked the completion of their schooling and supervised clinical internships.
The celebration for the largest NYIT PA class included a tribute to Salvatore Barese, PA, Ed.D., the retiring department chair who has led the program from its beginnings in 2000. Barese presented awards to several faculty members and students, including an academic award for five students who earned perfect 4.0 GPAs.
While students wear short white coats during their classes and clinical training, the longer coats signify their status as a graduate. Most students will take board exams in the coming weeks and then enter a profession where the growth rate is expected to approach 30% in the next decade, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
“The profession grants you the privilege of practicing medicine and providing healthcare to all members of the community,” Barese said. “You must always remember that you represent a noble profession and that your actions and what you say as PAs will make the difference as to what your patients think of you and all of us as healthcare providers.”
School of Health Professions Dean Patricia Chute, Ed.D. and Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., also addressed the graduates.
Quoting the philosophers Aristotle and Socrates on the subject of knowledge, Chute advised each student to “know yourself well,” but also “know that you know nothing…so you can continue to absorb yourself in learning.  Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens.”
Ross-Lee urged the students to “Be good, be wise, and be visionary,” noting that change will be a constant in their lives and profession.
“Contribute to change that will make things better for the people you serve and the profession,” said Ross-Lee. 
Bret Sparling, one of the students who earned a 4.0 in the program, received a student peer award and an award for outstanding clinical performance. Class President Sajid Mohamed received the program’s leadership award. 
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