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August 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

Physician Assistant Professors Present in South Africa

Donna M. Agnew

Donna M. Agnew

In June, Donna Agnew, assistant professor and associate director in the physician assistant program, and Linda Brasel, clinical coordinator and assistant professor, were invited to present at the Clinical Associate National Exam Workshop held in Port Alfred, South Africa.

Their presentation, “An Overview of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs),” explored patient scenario development, standardized patient training, evaluator calibration, and OSCE correlation to program effectiveness. The workshop was sponsored by the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) with the objective of the collaborative development of a comprehensive national board examination for the clinical associate. The clinical associate is a new cadre of health professional modeled after the physician assistant; practitioners will be expected to provide medical care primarily in district hospitals in under-served areas of South Africa.

Participants included AIHA staff and faculty from Walter Sisulu University and the universities of Pretoria and Witwatersrand, which currently offer the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice. Nicole Hammerbacher, managing editor for NCCPA, the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants, presented with Agnew and Brasel.

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