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Endowed Scholarship Received
Dr. Abercrombie and Dr. Parker
The USA Department of Physician Assistant Studies recently received its first endowed scholarship due to the generosity of Pensacola, FL residents Dr. Ron Parker and his wife Nancy. The $25,000 scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program at USA.

The Parker's selected USA to honor friends and family who are alumni of the Physician Assistant Studies program and for the program's reputation of being an elite program in the state. The goal in creating this scholarship is to give back to deserving students to receive support in their pursuit of becoming a PA health care professional and decreasing the PA workforce shortage in the USA service area.

First Married Couple in PA Program
Kate and Chase Fullerton
When Chase Fullerton, PA-S (Class of 2014) matriculated into the PA program in 2012 it became official. He and his wife Katie Fullerton, PA-S (Class of 2013) became the first married couple to have entered the PA program here at USA. The Fullerton's also became the first married couple to both receive Air Force scholarships. All of this begs the question – how did they meet and what brought the Florida natives to PA school in Mobile?

"We met through mutual friends during spring break in 2009," Chase says. "Katie and I had a lot in common including both wanting to go to PA school."

The couple learned about the profession during their undergraduate studies. When they married in 2011 Katie applied for PA school first as she had already completed all of her prerequisites.

"I originally wanted to go to medical school," Katie says, "but I didn't want to be in school for that length of time so when I learned about the PA profession I knew it would be a perfect match."

The Fullerton's were fortunate enough to have applied for and be awarded scholarships from the U.S. Air Force. The scholarships will pay for their tuition, books, equipment, health insurance, etc. in addition to a monthly stipend once they became commissioned officers. Katie became a commissioned officer on January 5, 2012 and Chase on January 31, 2013. Upon graduation they will attend Commissioned Officer Training and then be assigned to a base. Katie hopes to learn where that will be within the upcoming months.

Recent Graduate Deployed to Afghanistan

Read an article about Dustin McNew, PA-C (Class of 2010) and his recent deployment to Afghanistan at http://blog.al.com/afghanistan/2013/02/alabama_guard_doc_gets_healthi.html.

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