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VAPA Names Jefferson College of Health Sciences Student Naid Allassan Virginia PA Student of the Year

The Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants (VAPA) has named Jefferson College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant (PA) student Naid Allassan the 2017 PA Student of the Year.

This is the second consecutive year a Jefferson College PA student has earned the title. Allassan follows Jefferson PA student Mia McDonald, PA-S, who was named the VAPA Student of the Year in 2016.

Since starting the Master’s level PA program at Jefferson College in August 2016, Allassan has taken on many leadership roles within PA professional organizations. She represents Jefferson College in the Assembly of Representatives of the Student Academy of the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA). In this role, she participates in monthly conference calls with representatives from PA programs throughout the nation.

She planned and executed a fundraiser to help mitigate the costs of attending the national AAPA conference. This helped to limit the financial barrier that 12 of her classmates faced when deciding whether to participate in the national conference.

Allassan is involved with several AAPA caucuses including the African Heritage Caucus of AAPA, the Fellowship of Christian PAs, and Physician Assistants in Research. She volunteered on the floor of the House of Delegates, and was presented two awards from the AAPA for outstanding student leadership and for overcoming adversity.

One of Naid’s passions is advocacy, and in the past year, she has participated in VAPA’s and the Medical Society of Virginia’s White Coats on Call event and traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with members of the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Health. She has created her own committee within our PA Student society and organizes monthly events to help boost student morale. Naid is very involved in her community and since starting at Jefferson PA program, she has volunteered over 100 hours with various organizations in the Roanoke Valley including the Bradley Free Clinic, the Rescue Mission Free Clinic, Healing Strides of Virginia and the Roanoke Homeless Assistance Team.

In August 2017, she participated in a medical mission trip to Lome, Togo for two weeks for a vaccination clinic at Canaan Children's Village orphanage. Naid is fluent in four languages, and she has spent several months studying medical terminology in the Togolese native language of Ewe to provide more meaningful healthcare.

About Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a private higher education institution that “prepares, within a scholarly environment, ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals.”  The College focuses on providing healthcare education and is a part of Carilion Clinic. Founded in 1914 as the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, Jefferson College now provides more than 1,100 students with opportunities to become part of the healthcare profession, serving communities from southwest Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The school’s graduates are building healthier tomorrows in our region and across the country every day. More information is available at www.jchs.edu.

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    Dr. Jayasimha Rao, an Associate Professor in the Biomedical Sciences Program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences and Researcher in Carilion Clinic’s Section of Infectious Diseases, led a team of students and colleagues in research that has now been published in an international journal.

    Their research is entitled, “Tn2008-Driven Carbapenem-Resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii Isolates from a Period of Increased Incidence of Infections in a Southwest Virginia Hospital,” and is published in the September 2017 edition of The Journal of Global Antimicrobials and Resistance.

    The objectives of this study were to determine the genetic basis for carbapenem resistance in multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumanniistrains isolated from patients affected by a sudden increase in the incidence of infections by such organisms in a tertiary care hospital in Virginia from 2009 to 2010 and to examine whether such strains are commonly encountered in the hospital setting.

    All of the Jefferson College undergraduate Biomedical Sciences students involved have now graduated and are working in the area. They include Johnathon C. Childress, Michael C. Mitkos, Joshua K. Brima and Samuel N. Pearce.

    Additional researchers credited in the research are Dwi Susanti, Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech; Anthony W. Baffoe-Bonnie, Internal Medicine/Section of Infectious Diseases, Carilion Medical Center and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Dale Grgurich, Solstas Lab Partners, Roanoke Core Laboratory, Microbiology, Carilion Medical Center; Maria Jose Fernandez-Cotarelo, Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Universitario de Mostoles, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain; Thomas M. Kerkering, Hospital Infection Control, Carilion Medical Center and Professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Jefferson College of Health Sciences; and Biswarup Mukhopadhyay, Internal Medicine/Section of Infectious Diseases, Carilion Medical Center and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry at Virginia Tech, and the Biocomplexity Institute at Virginia Tech.


    This is the first time that undergraduate Biomedical Sciences students at Jefferson College of Health Sciences have earned co-authorship on a peer-reviewed paper published in an international journal. The research project was a collaborative effort between Jefferson College of Health Sciences, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Carilion Clinic’s Section of Infectious Diseases, and the Department of Biochemistry Virginia Tech, which provided superior experience in genome sequencing analysis and assembly.

    You can read this research online now at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213716517301650.

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    About Jefferson College of Health Sciences

    Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a private higher education institution that “prepares, within a scholarly environment, ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals.”  The College focuses on providing healthcare education and is a part of Carilion Clinic. Founded in 1914 as the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, Jefferson College now provides more than 1,100 students with opportunities to become part of the healthcare profession, serving communities from southwest Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The school’s graduates are building healthier tomorrows in our region and across the country every day. More information is available at www.jchs.edu.

     

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  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences Hosts Online Healthcare Management Information Sessions

    Jefferson College of Health Sciences, at Carilion Clinic, will host two online information sessions for our Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management program on:

    • Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 12 to 12:30 p.m.

    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 12 to 12:30 p.m.

    These events will give prospective students the opportunity to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management degree at Jefferson College. Everyone is welcome to participate and admission is free.

    To participate, those interested should RSVP at http://www.jchs.edu/healthcare-management-online-information-sessions

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    More information about the Healthcare Management program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences can be found the College website athttp://www.jchs.edu/degree/bachelor-science-healthcare-management.  

    About Jefferson College of Health Sciences

    Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a private higher education institution that “prepares, within a scholarly environment, ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals.”  The College focuses on providing healthcare education and is a part of Carilion Clinic. Founded in 1914 as the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, Jefferson College now provides more than 1,100 students with opportunities to become part of the healthcare profession, serving communities from southwest Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The school’s graduates are building healthier tomorrows in our region and across the country every day. More information is available at www.jchs.edu.

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  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences Hosts Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration Information Sessions

    Jefferson College of Health Sciences, at Carilion Clinic, will host two information sessions for our Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration program on:

    • Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

    These sessions will be offered online or on-campus. Those planning to participate online will be contacted with instructions to log on remotely to the information session after registering. For those attending in person, the session will be held in the Third Floor Lobby Conference Room at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the Jefferson College campus at 101 Elm Avenue, SE, Roanoke, VA  24013.

    Driving directions and maps to CRCH on the Jefferson College campus can be found on the College’s website by going to www.jchs.edu/maps-and-directionsMore information about the above programs can be found the College website at www.jchs.edu.

    The sessions will give prospective students the opportunity to learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration program at Jefferson College and how to apply. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.


    To participate, those interested should 
    RSVP at: http://www.jchs.edu/master-science-nursing-nursing-administration-information-sessions  


    About Jefferson College of Health Sciences

    Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a private higher education institution that “prepares, within a scholarly environment, ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals.”  The College focuses on providing healthcare education and is a part of Carilion Clinic. Founded in 1914 as the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, Jefferson College now provides more than 1,100 students with opportunities to become part of the healthcare profession, serving communities from southwest Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The school’s graduates are building healthier tomorrows in our region and across the country every day. More information is available at www.jchs.edu.

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  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences Hosts Post-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Online Information Sessions

    Jefferson College of Health Sciences, at Carilion Clinic, will host online information sessions for our Post-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program on:

    • Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 4 p.m.
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    These events will give prospective students the opportunity to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Jefferson College for practicing nurses with RN credentials. Everyone is welcome to participate and admission is free.

    To participate, those interested should RSVP at: http://www.jchs.edu/bachelor-science-nursing-rn-bsn-online-information-sessions


    Participants will be contacted with instructions for how to log on remotely to the information sessions.

    About Jefferson College of Health Sciences

    Jefferson College of Health Sciences is a private higher education institution that “prepares, within a scholarly environment, ethical, knowledgeable, competent and caring healthcare professionals.”  The College focuses on providing healthcare education and is a part of Carilion Clinic. Founded in 1914 as the Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, Jefferson College now provides more than 1,100 students with opportunities to become part of the healthcare profession, serving communities from southwest Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond. The school’s graduates are building healthier tomorrows in our region and across the country every day. More information is available at www.jchs.edu.

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  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences Hosts Family Nurse Practitioner Information Sessions Online This Fall

    Jefferson College of Health Sciences, at Carilion Clinic, will host information sessions for our Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program this spring on:

    • Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, October 12, 2017, from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 7, 2017, from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

    These sessions will be offered online or on-campus. Those planning to participate online will be contacted with instructions to log on remotely to the information session after registering. For those attending in person, the session will be held in the Third Floor Lobby Conference Room at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital on the Jefferson College campus at 101 Elm Avenue, SE, Roanoke, VA  24013.

    Driving directions and maps to CRCH on the Jefferson College campus can be found on the College’s website by going to www.jchs.edu/maps-and-directionsMore information about the above programs can be found the College website at www.jchs.edu.

    The sessions will give prospective students the opportunity to learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner program at Jefferson College and how to apply. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

    To participate, those interested should RSVP at: http://www.jchs.edu/master-science-nursing-family-nurse-practitioner-information-sessions


    About Jefferson College of Health Sciences

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