College of Health Sciences

Physician Assistant Global Programs

Physician Assistant Service and Global Opportunities

Arcadia’s Physician Assistant (PA) program offers a variety of optional experiences that broaden the perspective of a traditional medical education, including service opportunities and international clinical experiences. Many of our students find the experience of service or international practice to be an illuminating piece of their medical education. These experiences can offer unique perspectives on how medical care differs in various communities, both domestically and internationally. The availability of these opportunities, particularly internationally, vary year by year and capacity may limit the number of students able to participate in these experiences. 

International Clinical Rotations: These experiences enable participating students to spend four weeks internationally with a supervising physician providing health care in a variety of clinical settings. To-date, Arcadia PA students have studied in over twenty countries around the world, including South Africa, Bolivia, England, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, and Scotland.

Student costs for international clinical rotation opportunities typically range from $2,500 to $4,000, depending on the location of the experience. We offer limited scholarships of $1,500 to eligible students toward the cost of international rotations.

Medical Service Trip Abroad: The Physician Assistant program typically organizes a one-week medical service trip in late spring to bring our PA students, alumni and faculty to communities in need. Past service trips have traveled to places including Appalachia, Belize, Panama, Nicaragua and Guatemala. These experiences have given students the opportunity to provide care to local populations while gaining a new perspective on clinical work. 

Students completing clinical rotations in Guatemala: Katherine Arnao PA-C '19, Raveena Saini PA-C '19, and Emily Hunsinger PA-C '19

Olivia Leventry PA-C '19 and Larissa Cooley PA-C '19 on rotation in Scotland

Service Opportunities: PA Olympics

The PA Olympics unites the leadership of local PA faculty and students and affords them the opportunity to work collectively in service for a designated charity. Founded in 2003 by Professor Michael Huber, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Medical Science at Arcadia, the PA Olympics bring together PA students from surrounding PA programs. Arcadia University, DeSales University, Drexel University, Salus University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Jefferson University East Falls/New Jersey and Jefferson University Center City have all been recent participants.

Each year the students choose a local charitable organization to support. They fundraise in teams for that organization, and then gather to compete in medical-themed sporting events to celebrate their combined, three month-long fundraising campaign. The school that raises the most funds receives a trophy as a symbolic gesture of their efforts.

To date, the annual event has provided over $175,000 in support of local charities in the Philadelphia region. Recently supported charities include the IM ABLE Foundation, which works to remove barriers to physical activity for those affected by disability, the Mazzoni Center, which supports LGBTQ community health through multiple health and social services, and Miracle League, which provides high quality recreation facilities for individuals with special needs and their families.

Arcadia's 2019 PA Olympics team takes the lead in "Dodge the Flu"

Simon’s Heart

Simon’s Heart is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of sudden cardiac death in youth. The mission is to save the life of one child… and then another, by raising awareness about conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death. This is accomplished by taking the DIRE approach (Detection, Innovation, Reaction, and Education).

PA Program Director Renee Langstaff, MSPAS, PA-C is the Carole Gottlieb Screening Coordinator for Simon’s Heart. Students may become involved by volunteering at free cardiac screenings that are offered to the community throughout the year. They participate by reviewing medical histories, running EKGs and observing the medical team read echocardiograms and EKGs.

Three "generations" of Arcadia graduates supporting Simon's Heart, including Professor Langstaff and former Professor Judy Joseph, PA-C