A $1 million gift from longtime Ithaca College philanthropists Manley H. and Doriseve “Dodie” Thaler will endow a scholarship to facilitate access to the college’s graduate physician assistant studies program. The Manley and Doriseve Thaler Physician Assistant Program Endowed Recruitment Scholarship provides support for the duration of the program to learners who demonstrate financial need and remain in good standing.
“This incredible gift from Manley and Doriseve Thaler will allow learners to gain critical skills and expertise with a lessened financial burden,” shares Susan Salahshor, assistant professor and director of the physician assistant program. “Our community is deeply grateful to the Thaler family for their commitment to supporting this innovative new program.”
Launched in the fall of 2021, the 27-month program leads to a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies and is designed to train learners to provide a comprehensive range of responsibilities in this fast-growing field (with a 31% expected growth in jobs between 2018-2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Ithaca College’s program, which emphasizes mental and behavioral health training for rural settings, has been granted Accreditation-Provisional status from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).