Johnson and Wales University is celebrating the opening of its new Center for Physician Assistant Studies this Thursday. It will be home to the first class of 24 students. Dr. George Bottomley is the director of the Physician Assistant Studies program. He said Rhode Island is one of the last states to establish a physician assistant program.
“As we hopefully in the decades to come transition more to a primary care/preventive model, where we provide perhaps better care to our patients in the earlier years of our life in preventive care and primary care, I think that the PA’s are going to become more and more a significant part of the healthcare team," said Bottomley.
Bottomley says Johnson and Wales purposely put the program in Providence’s Jewelry District near Brown University’s medical school and the hospitals. The newly renovated building includes lecture halls, labs and offices.
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