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Path of Distinction Students Combine PA Practice and Public Health

Before enrolling in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Elizabeth Lucht spent 15 years as a clinical social worker - an experience that made her keenly aware of the healthcare disparities facing people of color, people who live in poverty, and people with severe mental illness.


Physician assistant students at the Independence PolyclinicRebecca Flax worked in Central and South America during and after college, and was an AmeriCorps health educator at a Boston community health center.


Brian Vike, a native of rural Wisconsin who spent childhood summers on his family’s dairy farms, first realized the role of public health in disease prevention while an undergraduate at UW-Madison.


Their life experiences differ, but these students all share a desire to incorporate public health into their training and careers.


They are among 15 physician assistant students who have enrolled in the Path of Distinction (PoD) in Public Health, a UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) program that more deeply integrates public health principles into the PA curriculum.


Read the full story on the Department of Family Medicine website.

Date Published: 01/24/2014

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