Mercer Physician Assistant Student
Chosen for National Office

July 7, 2009

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Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

ATLANTA — Lindsay Watters, a second-year physician assistant student at Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, was recently elected as the junior director of external affairs for the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the national organization for physician assistants. Watters’ election marks the first national office for a student in the program, which began less than two years ago.

“This is one of the most prolific and sought-after positions in the Academy, and this is a great honor for Lindsay and for our new program,” said Bradford Schwarz, founding director of the Physician Assistant Program.  “She will be representing our University and the P.A. profession at a number of leadership and health profession conferences nationwide.  This is a great accomplishment, and I am confident that Lindsay will embody the Mercer example of excellence in every setting.”

In her position with the Student Academy, Watters is responsible – along with the president and senior director – for serving as the official liaison to external health professional student groups and representing the Student Academy at conferences and meetings of these organizations. Watters will also be responsible for creating new relationships outside the Academy and the P.A. profession.

About the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Mercer University:
Founded in 1903, the independent pharmacy school merged with Mercer University in 1959. In a bold leadership move, it became the first school in the Southeast to offer the doctor of pharmacy degree as its sole professional degree in 1981. In addition to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, the college has one of the largest concentrations of Ph.D. students in pharmaceutics among colleges of pharmacy in the United States. In 2008, the college introduced a Physician Assistant program.

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has approximately 7,600 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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