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Rocky Vista University Celebrates the Physician Assistant Profession with Exhibit and Reception

December 7, 2017
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RVU Celebrates the Physician Assistant Profession with Exhibit and Reception

[December 7, 2017] Rocky Vista University (RVU) celebrated the history of the Physician Assistant profession with a National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit and a special reception honoring Roy Havens, one of Colorado’s first PAs and RVU community member.

The traveling exhibit, “Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care,” was on display in RVU’s Frank Ritchel Ames Memorial Library from November 17th to December 2nd. The exhibit featured six large panels that describe how the Physician Assistant profession developed as a solution to meet the social and health care needs of the mid-20th Century and continues to evolve today. The exhibit was on loan from the National Library of Medicine.

On November 30th, the RVU Physician Assistant program invited all faculty, staff, and students to a special reception honoring Roy Havens, PA-C. Mr. Havens was the father of Dan Havens, Director of Public Safety and Security at RVU. “This is a great tribute to my father and I am very proud that Rocky Vista University honored him in this way. The University will forever be part of our family,” said Mr. Havens.

Debra F. Nickell, PhD, MBA, PA-C, Program Director of Physician Assistant Program at RVU, said, “There is no better way to introduce the new PA program than by surrounding ourselves in the rich history of the profession. We were able to honor one of our own, Mr. Havens, and his service to rural Colorado with the backdrop of the new exhibit. Our students will have his legacy to live up to, a high standard we will expect of every graduate.”

The RVU Physician Assistant Program anticipates matriculating its first class in September 2018, pending accreditation approval.

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