Christine H. Bruce, director of the DeSales University Physician Assistant (PA) Program, was recently named Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. With this honor, Bruce joins a select number of outstanding physician assistants who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues and in their communities.
Bruce was named Distinguished Fellow, in recognition of her service to the physician assistant profession, her commitment to advancing health care for all people, and by her exemplary personal and professional development. As a result, Bruce has the privilege of using the professional designation of DFAAPA, Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Physician Assistants.
A resident of Orwigsburg, Pa., Bruce became director of the DeSales PA program when it was first accredited in 1997. Under the direction of Bruce, the DeSales PA Program has garnered national recognition, academically and professionally, since students were first admitted to the program.
Physician assistants are licensed medical professionals who work under the supervision of licensed physicians. They practice in both general and specialty medicine and surgery, and perform routine duties normally reserved for physicians.
The highly regarded DeSales PA program has the distinction of being the only school to win the Annual National Medical Bowl three times. It also has won the State Medical Challenge Bowl seven consecutive years, from 2000 through 2006.
In addition, DeSales PA graduates have consistently attained a 100 percent first time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE), the only examination given to graduating physician assistants. Graduates must pass the exam in order to be eligible for licensure in all 50 states. For seven consecutive years, the DeSales class has finished above the score of 610, which is listed as the 98th percentile in the nation. On average, the DeSales graduates scored 10 percent higher than the national average on 20 separate graded areas. PA majors also have a 100% employment rate after graduation.
The DeSales PA Program provides students with in-depth clinical experiences in various facilities and operations throughout the Lehigh Valley area, as part of the professional phase of their education. The DeSales Free Clinic, located in the Allentown Rescue Mission in Allentown, Pa., has enhanced the clinical experience even further.
Established in January 2007, the idea for the free clinic was introduced by Brett Feldman, a DeSales PA student, in the hopes of bringing health care to the homeless of the Mission. The success of the free clinic, both as a venue for students' enhanced clinical experience and for providing healthcare to the homeless, has led to increased space at the Rescue Mission and expanded hours of operation. Also, recently the Allentown Rescue Mission was honored by the Physician Assistant Education Association with its Partnership Award, in recognition of its outstanding contributions to excellence in PA education.
Prior to becoming director of the DeSales PA program, Bruce was director of PA services at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Pottsville, Pa., for 13 years. She also served as an adjunct assistant clinical professor for Hahnemann Medical University and St. Francis College in the area of general surgery and internal medicine for over 13 years.
Bruce earned a bachelor's degree in physician assistant studies from St. Francis College, Loretto, Pa., and a master's degree in health services administration from St. Joseph's College, Windham, Maine.
For more information please contact Christine Bruce, director of the DeSales University Physician Assistant Program, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1474.
Press Release: Christine Bruce, Physician Assistant Program Director, Named Distinguished Fellow of American Academy of Physician Assistants | Posted on: 12/4/2008
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
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