Physician Assistant Program Master of Health Science

Physician Assistant Program Master of Health Science

Community Connections

Songwriting Workshop

January 24th and 31st, 2017

The CDU PA program had the pleasure of inviting LaMar Queen from Music Notes Company to participate in a songwriting workshop in order to create an innovative learning experience while applying newly learned medical knowledge.  LaMar Queen is a middle school math teacher in South Central Los Angeles who happens to look a lot like Kayne West! Queen is passionate about creating rap songs that integrate math, in order help his students learn in a more creative and fun environment-and it works!  He began his work in 2007 and has brought musical education to students and faculty across the country-not only performing but teaching others this educational, effective, and innovative skill! 

The PA students spent two evenings writing and rehearsing rap songs related to the subjects they are learning about in the PA program including Cardiology, Pulmonology, Infectious Disease and Gastroenterology.  Their Professors even joined in and performed a song titled, “What is a PA?”

It was a wonderful and successful educational experience.  The students not only learned how to write but also performed the songs.  All groups wrote exceptional lyrics and the performances were fun and exciting!  Congratulations to Class of 2018 students Antonia, Teamese, Ta Shariah, and Fatuma, who won the popular vote as the “Best Overall” group. Stay tuned for their newly recorded hit single!

We would like to thank LaMar Queen, Jimmy Pascascio, and David for taking time out of their busy schedules to help us foster our creative side and engage in such a fun and innovative learning experience.

National Library of Medicine Physician Assistant Traveling Exhibit

November 11th –December 16th, 2016

The Charles R. Drew University Physician Assistant Program, partnered with the CDU library, had the honor of hosting the very first National Library of Medicine PA Traveling exhibit. The exhibit consists of six banners that discuss the history and progression of the PA profession and the immense positive impact the profession has had on the U.S. healthcare system in the last 50 years. Subsequent to its first appearance at Charles R. Drew University, the exhibition will be featured in many cities across the U.S., as well as, nine international cities.
Taking place in CDU’s Cobb Lobby, the exhibition ran from November through December. During this time, fellow students and visiting community members had the opportunity to learn about Charles Drew, the PA profession and its history. Additionally, it allowed for the CDU PA program to showcase their community involvement and allow community members to meet the students of the inaugural class. The CDU PA students hosted two tabling events which gave them the chance to give back to visitors through education about the PA profession as well as nutrition, fun quiz games, a scavenger hunt, and valuable prizes such as healthy desserts, recipes and edible plants.

Career Days in the Community

Camino Nuevo High School Miramar Career Day

On February 8th 2017, The Charles R. Drew University's Physician Assistant program was invited to participate in career day at the Camino Nuevo High School Miramar in Pico/Union area of Los Angeles. It was an amazing and enlightening experience to inform students about the CDU PA program, as well as discussing the new and exciting undergraduate degree program in Biomedical Sciences that will be offered this coming fall semester. Personal testimonies were shared by PA Class of 2018 students, Robert Cao, Fatuma Ahmed, and Brianna Reyes: each story shared had a similar theme of overcoming obstacles in pursuit of a career in healthcare and the importance of social injustices within medicine. A short story of Dr. Charles R. Drew's life was shared which related well with the Camino Nuevos mission: "Making students critical thinkers and independent problem solvers who are agents of social justice with sensitivity toward the world around them." Many of the students had never heard of Dr. Drew or the role of a PA! After the panel, many students had questions about the variety of healthcare career options available and showed great interest in learning more about these opportunities. The students, faculty, and staff were thankful for the opportunity to engage with students, share experiences, and shite light on the possible career options available in the health care field.

Holiday Cheer

His Sheltering Arms Thanksgiving Celebration

On November 22, 2016, the Drew PA Crew had the opportunity to participate in the His Sheltering Arms Thanksgiving Celebration. Along with Dr. Beavers and the HSA (His Sheltering Arms) crew, the PA students and staff helped to feed hundreds of local community members who may not have otherwise been able to celebrate Thanksgiving on their own. The students also participated in the resource fair by holding a “Give Thanks” booth where attendees could write down what they were thankful for, giving them the opportunity to learn more about the community members and hear about their experiences. The day was not only filled with food, music and dancing, but hundreds of smiling faces, children laughing in the background, and even a few happy tears. The event was undoubtedly a success and the CDU PA Crew looks forward to participating for many, many years to come!

Congress on Campus

Karen Bass Visits CDU

On November 3rd 2016, the CDU PA Program was beyond excited to have welcomed Congresswoman & Physician Assistant Karen Bass! Congresswoman Bass gave an inspiring speech and the students were given the opportunity to learn more about her accomplishments as a PA and as a member of Congress. She fits in well with drew; Karen Bass is certainly not another brick in the wall! She showed the students and faculty what it means to go above and beyond with her dedication to improving the health of the medically underserved community and inspiring others to do the same. The event culminated in a terrific surprise. CDU students surprised Karen Bass with a flash mob singing Nicki Minaj’s “Super Base”, changing the words to “Super Bass.” Her surprised expression and ear to ear grin of pure happiness were priceless!

LA Helping LA

LA Helping LA Event at the 1st Annual CDU Science Day

July 22, 2017 LA Helping LA (LAHLA) held its first event during the 1st Annual CDU Science Day. With the help of Food Forward, who supplied the fresh vegetables and fruit, LAHLA was able to spread health and wellness to the students attending Science Day. The day before the event, the PA students made “goodie bags” loaded with a plethora of colorful produce, some of which consisted of cucumbers, carrots, mangoes, grapes, apples, and zucchini. The day of the event, LAHLA held a booth, which provided brochures containing healthy eating, nutrition, and exercising tips, as well as handing out 100+ goodie bags! LAHLA also got the students moving with volleyball and basketball games. It was a day full of health, wellness, and FUN!
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Spread the Love Bike Tour

On February 14, 2017 The Charles R. Drew University PA program celebrated Valentine’s Day with a “Spread the Love” bike tour through the Watts community. Students and faculty explored the city, spreading knowledge about safe sex practices and doling out some Valentine’s Day love. The first stop was His Sheltering Arms, where students passed out some goodies and showed off their new step routine. In return, the ladies surprised them with some TLC karaoke. Other stops included Watts local restaurant, LocoL, for some ballin’ and delicious burgs and foldies, and the historic Watts towers. The bike ride was a great way to get to know the community better and show our support!

Assembly Member Mike Gipson Visits the CDU PA Program:

Born in Watts, Assembly Member Mike A. Gipson was elected in November 2014 to represent California’s 64th Assembly District that includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington. He is also a member of several Assembly committees including: Aging and Long Term Care, Chair of the Select Committee on Infectious Diseases in High-Risk Disadvantaged Communities, Community and Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities, Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Non-Profit Sector.

Continuing his path of public service, Assembly Member Gipson began his second term in office by authoring legislation to close a deadly loophole in the California Penal Code, providing internet related services for foster and incarcerated youth, and establishing a working group to bring back Career Technical Education for K-12. He was also successful in securing $11.3 million for Compton Community College, on the heels of their new accreditation, to support the college’s transition into an independent institution.

On December 7, 2017, our PA students welcomed Assembly Member Gipson with open arms and sang Tupac’s “Changes” emphasizing the need to change the world through providing quality care to patients who deserve it, singing “it’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.” Assembly Member Gipson lauded the PA students on their path to caring and advocating for marginalized communities and talked about his work centered on eliminating health disparities. Assembly Member Gipson inspired the students to live out the CDU mission and incorporate social justice into their practice as future PAs.

Men’s Health Event:

On November 18, 2017, the Charles R Drew University Physician Assistant program partnered with Greater Zion Church for the first Men’s Health Fair and Forum.  With the help of LAHLA organization, some of the first and second year students created a short presentation to teach men about various diseases and disorders that cause disparities in the surrounding community.  The presentation focused on recognition of signs and symptoms of various cancers, Hypertension, Diabetes, and Coronary Artery Disease.  Another main focus revolved around Prevention and screening tools available.  We had the pleasure to educate an audience of 20+ men with ages ranging from 10 - 60+.  We are very pleased with the commitment shown by these men to gain the knowledge in order to govern their own health.
The Charles R Drew University Physician Assistant Program would like to sincerely thank Pastor Fisher, Mishaun, and the entire Greater Zion Church Family for this wonderful opportunity and cannot wait for our next event to bring health and wellness to our community.
Daniel Pipkin PA-S Y2
Robert Cao PA-S Y2
Eric Woodward PA-S Y1
Anthony Rizzuto PA-S Y1
John Hofisi PA-S Y1

“Prevention is the only cure.” ~ Dr. Mavis Billips

CDU PA Program Watt’s Community Bike Ride:

The 2nd Annual Bike Ride (December 14, 2017) brought PA students, faculty, staff and other CDU students together to learn more about the history and culture of the Watts-Willowbrook area. The history of South Los Angeles including the Watts riots are essential knowledge for students to genuinely understand the community surrounding their University.  The bike ride allowed students to gather background information about the community they serve and allow them to interact with community members. After the bike tour, students felt as if they are knowledgeable members of their community. They began planning projects, events, and activities that will bolster pride and health education to the Watts-Willowbrook residents.

Tour stops included Watt’s Coffee House, where PA students were able to get to know this local business and support it,  and His Sheltering Arms (HSA), an inpatient treatment facility for women with substance use disorders and trauma, where PA students were able to interact with HSA clients and teach them an interactive exercise routine.