The College of Health Sciences at Arcadia University announces that three faculty members in the Department of Medical Science (Physician Assistant Program) have received national recognition as Distinguished Fellows of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Michael Huber, Donna Agnew, and Mary Laxton are recognized for their service to the physician assistant profession, their commitment to advancing health care for all people, and their exemplary personal and professional development.
“The recognition of three of our professors as Distinguished Fellows of the American Academy of Physician Assistants is further evidence that they are doing an admirable job both for our students and within the profession,” said Dr. Archie Vomachka, dean of the College of Health Sciences. Our PA students’ board scores prove that—100 percent of Arcadia’s PA students pass on their first attempt and, as a class, have scored in the 97th percentile of all 173 PA programs nationally.”
As assistant professor and academic coordinator for the Glenside campus, Huber earned recognition for outstanding contributions to patient care and to the profession as a physician assistant. Huber has been instrumental in developing international and domestic urban and rural clinic sites. In 2013 Huber developed a chapter of the Global Brigades at Arcadia University, organizing a team of 26 students, health professionals, and volunteers on a one-week medical mission to Darien province in Panama to provide primary, dental, and optical care to more than 300 local residents in need of care.
Huber’s volunteer work also includes MedEvent, which provides emergency medical services for LGBT fundraisers and events throughout the country, and serving as a surgical team member of University Pennsylvania in a one-week mission to Santiago Antilan, Guatemala, where he helped provide internal medicine and general surgery service to 53 residents.
Huber earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a bachelor’s degree from Hahnemann University’s Physician Assistant program, and a master of medical science in 2001 from Saint Francis University.
Agnew is associate director, assistant professor, and academic coordinator at the Glenside campus and oversees the development, implementation, and assessment of the University’s integrative didactic curriculum, maintaining the program curriculum in compliance with the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) standards. She is a physician assistant of internal medicine at Fountainville Medical Specialists in Fountainville, Pa., and was awarded the “Best of Bucks” in 2011 in the category of physician assistant. She co-authored the Illustrated Examination Review Book for the Physician Assistant (Jones and Barlett Publishers, 2009) and is under contract for a second edition of the text. She earned a master of science physician assistant degree with distinction from Arcadia in 1999 and is an inductee in the Phi Chapter, Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Graduate National Honor Society.
Among the many honors Agnew has received are the 1997-99 Beaver College Dean Scholarship for Academic Excellence, the Beaver College Physician Assistant Student Society Award for Exemplary Physician Assistant Student, and the Hortense T. Moss Scholarship in Health Sciences.
In May 2013 Agnew presented “An Overview of OSCE Development and Assessment” at the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) Twinning Project Workshop in Port Alfred, South Africa. She is affiliated with the Medical Reserve Corps, the Bucks County, Pa., Department of Health, and the National Association of Advisors for Health Professions.
Laxton is an assistant professor and academic coordinator at the University’s Christiana, Del., campus. She serves as a preceptor for students in internal medicine, family medicine, geriatric and long term care, pediatrics, behavioral health, and women’s health. She is vice president of Strath Haven Home and School Association, a board member of Philly Fights Oral Cancer, and board member for Episcopal Place at Park Row. Her volunteer service includes Cribs for Kids, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the American Red Cross.
Laxton was honored as an Outstanding Young Career Woman of the Business and Professional Women’s Club in Gary, Ind., and received the Outstanding Service Award for the Global War on Terrorism from the European Medical Command, and the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service from the European Medical Command. She earned a bachelor’s degree in botany from Duke University, a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University, and a certificate in physician assistant studies from Philadelphia University.