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34 Graduate From AACC Physician Assistant Program

July 29, 2011

      Anne Arundel Community College on July 28 honored 34 students who graduated from its Physician Assistant (PA) certificate program with a recognition and awards ceremony.

      The faculty selected three students for awards presented by Michelle Jiles Hill, M.S.P.A.S.,
P.A.-C., academic coordinator of the program. The two recipients for the Dean’s Award for having the highest cumulative GPA are Melissa Lynne Goldsholl of Burtonsville and Shannon Eller Watts of Crownsville. The Faculty Award went to Darpan Parekh of Laurel, who was recognized as the student who best exemplified the code of ethics of the PA profession.

      The students selected Cynthia Schmitt of New Market to receive the Clinician’s Clinician Award for professional integrity and clinical excellence. They also gave the 2011 Clinical Preceptor of the Year award to pediatrician Elizabeth Olivera, M.D., of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Howard County General Hospital.

      Delivering the keynote address was R. Craig Cook, M.D., anesthesiologist. He is an adjunct professor for the AACC PA program; works for Undersea Medical Consultants and is medical editor for Sport Diver Magazine.

      Listed alphabetically by hometown, the graduates are (asterisk indicates student is a candidate for a Master of Medical Science degree from St. Francis University of Loretto, Pa.):

Maryland: *Monique Medina of Aberdeen, *Nicole Bolling of Abingdon, *Jamie Ennis of Baltimore, *Kristen Wendel of Bel Air, *Melissa Goldsholl of Burtonsville, *Jillian Zamer of Crofton, Shannon Watts of Crownsville, *Megan Dodson of Dunkirk, *Arifa Sattar of Elkridge, *Katie Koblinsky of Glen Burnie, *Iana Gorbett of Hanover, *Adeola Olukoya of Hanover, *Carolyn Blair of Hunt Valley, *Darpan Parekh of Laurel, *Kimberle Baker of Mechanicsville, *Holly Browne of Middle River, *Jessica Wiles of Millersville, Lyndsay Smith of Mt. Airy, *Catherine Gannon of New Market, Cynthia Schmitt of New Market, *Matthew Caffey of Severn, *Nicole DiPeppe of Sparks, *Kristen Lohr of Waldorf

Alaska: *Tiffany Hamilton of Wasilla

California: *Catalina Lehrer of Danville

Florida: Nancy Watson of Panama City Beach, Wendy Stevison of Tampa

Michigan: *Meredith Moran of Birmingham

Missouri: *Christine Gardella of St. Louis

New Hampshire: *Michael Stewart of Nashua

Oregon: *Jenna McClain of West Linn

Pennsylvania: *Mary Katherine Johnson of Delta

Virginia: *Peggy Klucina of Chester

Wisconsin: *Tara Mahan of Milwaukee

      The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant accredits the PA program, which offers enrollment by competitive selection to students with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Graduates provide medical care under the supervision of a licensed physician and are eligible to sit for the national certification exam. For program information, visit