PA Gov Bentley webUAB PA program with Alabama Gov. Robert BentleyThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Physician Assistant program sent ten students and faculty to a Physician Assistant Week proclamation ceremony in the Old House Chamber at the state Capitol. The proclamation, signed by Governor Robert Bentley earlier today, declares Oct. 6-12, 2013, PA Week in Alabama.

“Physicians assistants are vital to providing quality healthcare to the people of Alabama," said Governor Bentley. "They’re often the first point of contact for patients seeking treatment. I appreciate everything they do. They make a tremendous difference in the lives of patients.”

(To see the Governor's proclamation click here.)

"The Governor was very hospitable and complimentary of our students and said he had a lot of respect for the UAB PA program and it's reputation," said Rick Kilgore, Ph.D., PA-C, assistant professor and PA program director. "Our students were impressed and they were impressive as representatives of the university."

Kilgore added that by signing the proclamation, Governor Bentley, himself a physician by training, recognizes the role of physician assistants in providing better access to quality health care for all residents.

PA CapitolUAB PA students at Alabama state CapitolU.S. News & World Report ranks the UAB PA program nationally in their annual “Best Graduate Schools” edition and places the physician assistant position in the top 10 of “Best Healthcare Jobs.” The program was established in 1965.

UAB PA students attending the ceremony included Christina Rosser, Stevie Byram, Matt Collins, Clinton Cochran, David Wood and Carl Frizell.

Faculty members from UAB in addition to Kilgore included Paul Harrelson, MPAS, PA-C, associate program director; Kara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C; and Stephanie McGilvray, MMSc, PA-C.