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Physician Assistant Studies students receive white coats

Lexington, Ky. – March 19, 2009 – Fifty-one students from the College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant (PA) Class of 2010 received white coats at the recent white coat ceremony.

“The white coat symbolizes a transition from the classroom to the clinic,” said Katie Cranfill, white coat recipient and hospitality chair for the PA Class of 2010.  “It is synonymous with the practice of medicine and carries the responsibility to uphold the tenets of the Hippocratic Oath.” 

Dr. Anthony Weaver, clinical faculty member at the university welcomed the students, faculty and family members present with the same concept. Weaver emphasized to the audience that the students are now embarking upon a transitional phase in their education.

“Initial learning is self centered…this is service learning,” said Weaver.

Vice President of Clinical Operations for UK Dr. Richard Lofgren was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Lofgren gave the students a mission and challenged them to fix the health care problems of today. 

To do this, they must first constantly improve the health care environment and second they must become innovators within their profession, said Lofgren.

For students like Cranfill, becoming a physician assistant allows her to have a variety of opportunities.

 “It gives me a chance to work in multiple areas of medicine which does not restrict me to one particular specialty,” said Cranfill. “I look forward to applying the knowledge learned in the classroom to better serve my future patients.”

Class of 2010:

Martha Adams: Salyersville, Ky.
Sarah Blocher-Steiner: Lexington, Ky.
Elaine Bolton
Candace Brown: Lexington, Ky.
Rachel Bullock: Lansing, Mi.
Sarah Bumgardner: Lexington, Ky.
Dana Campbell: Lexington, Ky.
Laura Carroll: Mt. Sterling, Ky.
Lauren Cassis: Charleston, Wv.
Megan Coleman: Pikeville, Ky.
Michelle Collins: London, Ky.
Mary Jane Cowherd: Frankfort, Ky.
Mary Beth Crabtree: Pall Mall, Tn.
Katherine Cranfill: Lexington, Ky.
Josh Cutshall: Lexington, Ky.
Jenna Daniel: Rockport, In.
Nicole DeBoer: Lexington, Ky.
Carly Donnelly: Smiths Grove, Ky.
Paul Fagan: Lexington, Ky.
Kai Gould: Lexington, Ky.
Joshua Henderson: Lexington, Ky.
Kristin VanBockel Homan: Louisville, Ky.
Irfan Jindani: Lexington, Ky.
Julie Key: Lexington, Ky.
Stephanie Krueger: Cincinnati, Oh.
Dan Line: Mossinee, Wi.
Miranda Lyons: Nicholasville, Ky.
Laura Martin: Lexington, Ky.
Courtney May: Morehead, Ky.
Sam McArthur: Southpoint, Oh.
Greg Moore: Ashland, Ky.
Aaron Neeley: Prestonsburg, Ky.
Amy Nicholas: Goshen, Ky.
Susan Michele Pell: Fairburn, Ga.
Kimberly Nicole Pilkenton: Wise, Va.
Brendan Richardson: Lexington, Ky.
Lacinda Rishel: Maysville, Ky.
Kari Ross: Lexington, Ky.
Ashley Sargent: West Liberty, Ky.
Taylor Schetzel: Simpsonville, Ky.
Jessica Seymour: Lexington, Ky.
Heather Short: Lexington, Ky.
Holly Short : Avcanum, Oh.
Brian Showalter: Lexington, Ky.
Crista Strawzell: Lexington, Ky.
Josh Sykes: Lexington, Ky.
Jason Tewmey: Harrodsburg, Ky.
Danny Thacker: Lexington, Ky.
Tiffany West: Lexington, Ky.
Jessica Whitaker: Mt. Sterling, Ky.
Lindsay Young: Rush, Ky.

To find out more about the Physician Assistant Studies program, visit


Photo: Group shot of Class of 2010 in white coats

The PA Class of 2010 recently received their white coats, signaling a transition from class room learning to training in clinics.

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