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Inaugural FSU at USMH Physician Assistant Cohort Graduates

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The first cohort from the Frostburg State University (FSU) at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) Physician Assistant program celebrated their graduation on Monday, May 17th at the USMH Hospitality Center.

Twenty-five graduates and their families gathered to recognize their perseverance during the rigorous two-year program and celebrate their success. "My two big takeaways have been growth and resilience," said student speaker Barbara Pierre. She continued, "the practice and initiation into medicine itself is a huge learning curve, and I've witnessed how we've grown and transformed into actual providers."

Barbara Pierre poses with her brother in University Plaza

"The governor and the state legislature recognize the importance of healthcare, especially rural healthcare, and this program has really begun to address a need," FSU President, Dr. Ron Nowaczyk said.

Graduate Travis Miller was selected for an award named in memory of Dr. Sean McCagh, who served Western Maryland and was committed to educating healthcare providers to serve his community. McCagh is credited with initiating the idea of bringing a PA program to the region. Miller was chosen for his dedication to these same goals.

Travis Miller, recipient of the Dr. Sean McCagh Award