Blue Cross NC announced continued investment in the two-year Physician Assistant Studies program, led by Paul Chelminski and housed in the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

The UNC School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Studies program will benefit from a $1.2 million investment from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina as part of a statewide initiative to support primary care. The program, housed in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, recruits non-traditional students with special attention to North Carolina residents and veterans.

Designed in collaboration with Army officials at Fort Bragg, the program builds on former troops’ medical experience to become skilled medical practitioners. The program is committed to the health care and workforce needs of all North Carolinians, including those living in rural areas.

Dr. Paul Roman Chelminski, professor of medicine and director of the physician assistant program, said he is fortunate to work with philanthropic partners who understand that the most important ingredient in providing high-quality and compassionate health care is to recruit, support and train students capable of delivering excellence and service to the people of North Carolina. The investment will allow the physician assistant program to support both student and faculty scholarship initiatives.

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Originally published February 22, 2018.