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FSU Physician Assistant Students, Faculty to be on NBC "Today" Virtual Plaza Oct. 6

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NBC's "TODAY" is scheduled to highlight the profession of physician assistant (PA) on Tuesday, Oct. 6, during its 8 a.m. hour. Students from Frostburg State University's PA program and its director, Dr. Beth Smolko, will be one of the groups slated to appear via a "Zoom Room" in TODAY's Virtual Plaza.

The American Academy of PAs celebrates Oct. 6-12 as National PA week, which recognizes the PA profession and its contributions to the nation's health. Smolko is president of the AAPA Board of Directors.

The second-year students scheduled to appear with Smolko are Kimura Jacobs, Travis Miller, Zachary Schreiber and Chiso Uko.

"The coronavirus pandemic has brought the PA profession into the forefront, as PAs are on front lines testing, diagnosing and treating COVID patients," Smolko said.

TODAY can be seen on NBC stations on broadcast and cable television or at

Frostburg State's Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies, which enrolled its first students in May of 2019, is based at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown in USMH's Agnita M. Stine Schreiber Health Sciences Center. For more information, visit