Ithaca College’s new Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program’s supplemental instructional site located on the downtown Ithaca Commons held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the City of Ithaca on Thursday, Oct. 21. In attendance were members of the college’s board of trustees and IC administrators, staff, faculty, and students, along with local government, economic development and health care representatives.
The new space includes a clinical learning center and a simulation center with advanced technology that will provide students with the opportunity for hands-on practice and for faculty to observe the students in practice.
“Ithaca College has shown institutional support of its new PA program by providing an educational space with high-fidelity mannequins and state-of-the art technologies to ensure their PA graduates are well trained and competent to provide clinical care to patients in our communities,” said Susan Salahshor, director of the PA program.
Interim president La Jerne Terry Cornish and former president Shirley M. Collado—under whose leadership the program was created—both offered thanks to those involved in the development of the program, including Linda Petrosino, dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance; Marty Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Medical Center and Cayuga Health System; and Salahshor.