Betsy Ekey to Speak at LINC Luncheon

October 10, 2014

ALLIANCE – Betsy Ekey, assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies, will present, “Who Are These People Called Physician Assistants?” as part of the LINC luncheon series at noon on Tuesday, September 30 in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center at Mount Union.

Ekey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Science and a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Alderson Broaddus College. She has been a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2009 and has played an integral role in the development of the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

Ekey’s presentation will describe the career of the Physician Assistant (PA) and explore who becomes a PA, what the duties of a PA are, where a PA is able to practice medicine, when a PA can use the designation PA-C and how they meet the growing needs of the healthcare community.

In 2010, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) estimated that 83,466 individuals were currently practicing as Physician Assistants. Since then, the number of Physician Assistant education programs has grown and the number of practicing Physician Assistants has expanded. With so many PAs in practice across the nation, it is important for the public to know the role of the PA as well as their scope of practice.

Other upcoming LINC speakers include Dr. Grant Cook III, associate professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, who will present, “Beethoven to ‘Miss Emilie M.’ (July 1812)” on October 28 and Dr. Osama Jadaan, professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, who will present, “Engineering: How Is It Making Our Lives Better?” on November 25.

The cost to attend an individual event is $10; there is also a seasonal package for $50. A season pass guarantees a saved spot at each event and includes three more LINC lectures to be held in the spring (February 24, March 24 and April 28 – speakers yet to be named). Payment is accepted prior to the event by check via mail; tickets can also be purchased at the door, but advanced reservations are required.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Molly Fulton at or (330) 823-6063.

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