From the dean

It is time to sing “Happy Birthday.” Elon University is celebrating 125 years of being a place where young people are educated to serve others in their community. While the university celebrates its quasquicentennial, the School of Health Sciences celebrates the recent birth of the Physician Assistant Studies Program. The 37 students in the PA program are scheduled to graduate in spring 2015. Speaking of other reasons to celebrate, on Dec. 8, a class of 42 physical therapy students will graduate and enter the profession.

The School of Health Sciences continues to be a vibrant community of learners with a focus on existing programs, new initiatives and future growth. In this newsletter, we provide you with an update on what is happening in the school. We encourage you to return to campus and take a tour of the Gerald L. Francis Center to see our programs firsthand.



Elizabeth A. Rogers


Leadership transition for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Patricia D. Ragan, PhD, MPH, PA-C, associate professor in physician assistant studies became the permanent chair/program director effective June 1. Dr. Ragan served as interim chair when the founding department chair/program director stepped down from that role on Feb. 1. Before coming to Elon, Dr. Ragan served as founding chair for the new physician assistant program at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University), interim chair and member of the faculty at the University of Florida, and a visiting professor at Shenandoah University. Read more ...


New faculty member to join the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in November

Michael McLamb, MPAS, PA-C, will become a full-time faculty member on Nov. 1. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology from Florida State University and his master’s degree in physician assistant studies from University of Florida in Gainesville.  Professor McLamb comes to Elon from an adjunct faculty position and WakeMed Cardiovascular Services. His rich clinical background, which includes expertise in cardiovascular surgery, pediatric intensive care and orthopedics, complements the other faculty in the department. We look forward to Professor McLamb becoming a full-time faculty member.

Dr. Folger receives Elon’s highest award at annual awards luncheon

Professor Stephen Folger was one of four respected educators recognized May 15 for superior teaching, scholarship, service and mentoring. Dr. Folger was awarded the Elon University Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was described by students and colleagues as a constant voice of reason, fairness, compassion and caring. As a professor of physical therapy education, he uses multiple methods to reach students with different learning styles and is skilled at presenting material in a way that allows students to gain mastery of complex content in the neuroscience course he teaches. Read more ...

Enrichment program connects DPT students with area children

Fifty-three first-year Doctor of Physical Therapy students joined 20 elementary children on July 15 and July 18 for fun and physical activity as part of Elon’s Summer Learning and Enrichment Academy. Read more ...

DPT students continue service tradition

Holding a blood drive in the Francis Center twice a year has become a tradition for DPT students. The Classes of 2013 and 2014 started the tradition that has now been passed to future DPT classes. Many hours of planning are needed to coordinate the event, which is sponsored by the American Red Cross. We are proud that students in the School of Health Sciences continue to be involved with a strong commitment to volunteerism in numerous walks, runs and fundraisers for favorite charities.

Continuing education course for physical therapists to be offered in December
The  Department of Physical Therapy Education will once again be offering a continuing education course "free" (with advanced registration) to our alumni and clinical instructors on Dec. 2-3. Course details and registration forms will be sent out mid-October through NCPTA Blastcast and the Elon DPT Alumni Facebook page. This year's two-day course (15 hours, 1.5 CEUS) is Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Educating Patients About Pain, presented by Adriaan Louw, PT, PHD (c), GCRM, CSMT. Read more ...

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The School of Health Sciences started interviewing candidates for its programs Sept. 13. The number of applicants for both programs is expected to reach new record highs again this year. Competition is very keen as each program received approximately 900 applications last year.

Thirty-seven PA students will take part in a White Coat Ceremony Dec. 13. The hallmark of the ceremony will be the presentation of a white coat to each student, a rite of passage that signifies the student’s transition from the classroom to the care of patients in the clinical setting. The PA students will recite the Physician Assistant Professional Oath, pledging to fulfill their role as a medical professional in a responsible and ethical manner.

Congratulations to DPAS faculty who will be well represented in next issue of the Journal of Physician Assistant Education and at the 2013 Physician Assistant Educational Meeting in Memphis, Tenn. in October. Read more ...

This summer several faculty, staff and alumni in the Department of Physical Therapy Education were accepted to present research at conferences, published articles or had articles in press. Read more ...