Students performed medical triage making sure patients were healthy enough to receive dental services and worked as primary healthcare providers in the medical clinic. Approximately 700 persons received care each day. As volunteers arrived each morning at 6:30 am they were greeted by long lines of community residents who had been standing in 30 degree weather and sometimes light rain since 1-2 am hoping to receive services. Each day many hopeful residents were turned away as the clinics quickly reached capacity for the day. Some residents returned for a second day requiring more services than could be safely accomplished in one day. Faculty members Sarah Deyo, Kristin Martin and Valerie Schluter participated and supervised the students.
Kristen Hibbard, a student in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program explained what this experience meant to her, “This was a very humbling experience and really opened my eyes to how many people in the community need medical care and simply cannot afford it. Each day was long and busy but the patients were so grateful that it made everything worthwhile”.
Sonya Cecchini, a student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program explained, “Being able to volunteer and seeing all of the people working together in order to serve the people of Baton Rouge has been the most rewarding experience. It is such an honor to have been part of this amazing event”.
Madeline Beard, a student in the Physician Assisting program described how the event affected her this way, “It felt great getting to contribute to this community … we worked as a team with a goal of a healthy Baton Rouge. This event is such a great showing of community and solidarity and I couldn’t by more proud to have been a part of it”.
Congratulations to the Physician Assistant May 2018 graduating class for their 100% pass rate on the PANCE national certifying exam.
The PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certification Exam), administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, demands the highest standards for clinical knowledge, clinical reasoning, medical skills and professional behavior.
The May 2018 cohort are all now certified Physician Assistant healthcare professionals, eligible to practice in any medical or surgical specialty.
Congratulations to our students who made the Summer 2018 semester Deans’ and President’s lists for outstanding academic work.
FranU has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation to fund the start-up of a new certification program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This program is aimed at students interested in providing therapeutic support for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) within community health and education settings.