The Physician Assistant master's degree program takes pride in developing leaders who inspire, empower and influence positive change. The mission of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to provide educational experiences which prepare physician assistant graduates to enhance access to primary medical care, with a hope to increase care for the citizens of rural and medically-underserved Eastern North Carolina and beyond. We seek to achieve this mission in an educational community where faculty, staff, clinical instructors, students, and other health care providers work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, cooperation, compassion, and commitment.
"Family medicine" has more than one meaning for Tanya Darrow '07. She and her husband, Mark, start each morning before daybreak with physical therapy treatments for their 6-year-old son, Gavin, who has cystic fibrosis. About three hours later, after working out and feeding her infant son, Luke, she drops Gavin off at school then heads for her job as a physician assistant at Vance Family Medicine in Henderson.