MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY, Tenn. (Sept. 14, 2022)—Twenty-six future physician assistants walked across the stage in Milligan University’s Gregory Center on Saturday, Sept. 10, to receive their white coats. This academic milestone was celebrated with an audience of family and friends.
“The white coat signifies the great responsibility these professionals have to provide clinical expertise and empathy for patients,” said Andrew Hull, director of Milligan’s PA program. “The ceremony also marks the halfway point of the classroom phase of the PA program before students enter clinical rotations.”
Katie Boslooper, a physician assistant with Ballad Health and a preceptor for Milligan’s PA program since its inception, served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker.
Boslooper also was recognized as “Preceptor of the Year” by the class of 2022, an honor given by students who have just completed their clinical year.
Boslooper has worked as an inpatient hospitalist PA at Greenville Community Hospital East for the past six years. She spoke about the importance of having perseverance, patience and compassion when wearing a white coat and how those qualities will make each student a better healthcare provider for their future patients.
“Boslooper serves as a preceptor for numerous students in each cohort and provides instruction in the classroom phase as well,” said Hull. “She serves our students well by allowing them ample time to gain the clinical experience necessary for their future success. We appreciate the numerous contributions that she makes to our program.”
Milligan’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies launched in January 2018 and is a 28-month program that consists of 108 hours. Learn more at www.milligan.edu/pa.