Mount Union to Host White Coat Ceremony

July 02, 2013

The University of Mount Union will host its fourth annual Physician Assistant Studies White Coat Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at Union Avenue United Methodist Church.

Speaker for the event is Dr. Paul Lecat, Inventor of the Ventriloscope and Professor of Internal Medicine at Akron General Hospital.

He graduated from Tulane University, New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in biology in 1985. Following graduation, he attended the State University of New York at Buffalo Medical School and was the salutatorian of his class in 1989.

He moved to Akron, OH for a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency between Akron Children’s and Akron General Medical Center. After graduating in 1993, he was selected as chief pediatric resident and finished in 1994. He received an invitation four years later to return to Akron General and Akron Children’s to teach in the internal medicine and pediatrics programs and has remained in the Akron area since 1998.

Lecat was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and was a nominee from NEOMED for the Gold Humanism Honor society. He was elected by the students to lead the graduation procession four times. His teaching interests include teaching in clinical settings, medical simulation and physical diagnosis. Five years ago, he set out to develop a device to augment the standardized patient actors, frequently used to interact with and teach students at NEOMED by placing abnormal sounds for the students to recognize on normal healthy actors. After several years of development and patents, his Ventriloscope device is now in more than 10 countries and 200 schools. It is also piloted currently by the National Board of Medical Examiners, which certifies all M.D. graduates.

The Physician Assistant Studies Program at Mount Union is the University’s first master’s level program in nearly a century. The program, which began in May of 2009, offers a curriculum rich in biomedical and clinical preparatory sciences and develops the medical decision-making and problem-solving skills that may be applied to patient situations encountered in clinical practice. The role of a physician assistant in medical practice is to be a caring, compassionate advocate for the patient and to spend more time with the patient than the physician can in providing patient education. Students within the program will earn a master of science degree after successful completion of 27 months of coursework and clinicals.

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