8 JMU Physician Assistant students participate in the Medical Society of Virginia’s “White Coats On-Call Day” (Lobby day)

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On Thursday, January 17, eight Physician Assistant (PA) Students from JMU traveled to Richmond to participate for the first time in the Medical Society of Virginia’s “White Coats On-Call Day.” The lobby day was organized through association with the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants; however, medical specialty societies and members of MSV’s ten districts collaborate to maintain consistent presence of physician’s influence at the capitol. The students met with local legislators House Delegate Tony Wilt and Senator Emmett Hanger to discuss solutions to challenges currently facing the Virginia health care system. Issues on VAPA’s docket this year include inefficacies in the Medicaid system, upholding standards of patient-physician relationship, liability and worker’s compensation reforms, and a “scope of practice” pledge that unites physicians in cross-specialty cooperation and support of policy that promote the best patient care.

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Involves Students, Involves Participants External to JMU




Recurring Event (Occurs on a regular basis but not continual)

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Health and Healthcare

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Civic Engagement, Engaged Learning


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Off campus

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