For students in Ithaca College’s Physician Assistant Studies program, one of the most important components of their education, aside from mastering clinical skills and medical terminology, is learning to be a practitioner committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
In September, Jordan Beckley ’19, MA-PAS ’23, took that mission to the next level when she was selected to represent IC at the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) REPRESENT! Summit.
The REPRESENT! Summit was a two-day event held in Atlanta, where invited guests convened for discussions, panels, and poster presentations about diversifying the PA workforce, promoting inclusivity within PA communities, and addressing gaps in health-care equity to improve patient outcomes.
The objectives of the summit mirror the guiding tenets of the IC PA program, particularly creating inclusive environments for learners and patients alike, and addressing implicit biases to provide better patient care. Since its inception in 2021, the program has taken several steps to integrate DEI initiatives into both the PA curriculum and the co-curricular opportunities available to learners.