Students enrolled in South University’s Richmond Physician Assistant Program look forward to becoming providers of high-quality, cost-efficient health care, making a positive impact practicing the art and science of medicine, and collaborating with physicians. On their journey toward graduation, students have opportunities to engage with, and support, the community – and once again they volunteered at SOAR365!
A group of 36 students from the Class of 2025 spent a day at SOAR365 to observe services that we provide and visited Camp Baker during the summer. During these visits the students met staff and program participants and joined in various activities.
“Volunteering with individuals with disabilities allows our students to better understand how to serve patient populations as future healthcare providers,” explained Shannon Schellenberg, Program Director and Associate Professor. “This experience will help them become attuned to the needs of future patients.”
The students began their Physician Assistant studies in January. They will complete classroom instruction in April 2024 and then a year of clinical rotations to finish the program.
Zach O’Day, a South University student volunteer, said he had a great time and really appreciates the experience. “I really enjoyed connecting with the SOAR365 community while dancing and making crafts, it was so much fun!” he recalled. “Thank you for the opportunity, and I’m glad I was able to make a positive impact! Let me know if there’s anything else I can do!”