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04-13-2012

Clarkson University Physician Assistant Studies Professor Among First in Nation to Earn New Specialty Credential

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/jwelsh.jpg .]

Jeremy M. Welsh, clinical assistant professor of physician assistant (PA) studies and director of clinical education at Clarkson University, recently became one of the first PAs to earn a new specialty credential from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Jeremy M. WelshWelsh was awarded a Certificated of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Emergency Medicine, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing an exam in the specialty. He is one of only 234 certified PAs to earn a CAQ in the program’s first year.

CAQs were offered to certified PAs in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, nephrology, and psychiatry.

“We offer heartfelt congratulations to the inaugural class of CAQ recipients,” said NCCPA President and CEO Janet Lathrop. “With the shortage of physicians growing each day in the U.S., it is promising to see certified PAs step up and voluntarily submit themselves to new standards for the benefit of the patients they serve each and every day.”

Certified PAs are licensed and certified health care professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision and bring a breadth of knowledge and skills to patient care. Though their role in any particular workplace is determined in consultation with the supervising physician, certified PAs can take histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery, perform a variety of procedures and write prescriptions.

Welsh received his bachelor of science degree in biology from Utica College of Syracuse University, his physician assistant certification from Le Moyne College, his master of physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and his doctor of health services from A.T. Still University.

He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants.

Welsh practices at Canton-Potsdam Hospital and Massena Memorial Hospital.

For more information about certified PAs or the CAQ program, visit http://www.nccpa.net .

The National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only credentialing organization for physician assistants in the United States. Since its inception as a not-for-profit organization in 1975, more than 97,000 physicians assistants have been certified by NCCPA, and approximately 85,000 are certified today. In addition to its CAQ program, NCCPA also administers initial and recertifying exams, and has an established program for maintenance of certification.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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