Anne Arundel Community College on July 26 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 recipient of Dean’s Award for having the highest cumulative grade-point average is Alissa Anne Parmelee of Bethesda. The President’s Award was given to C. Michael Surendra of Columbia in recognition of his leadership and contributions to his class and profession. The Faculty Award went to Lauren Elizabeth Teter of Annapolis, who was recognized as the student who best exemplified the code of ethics of the PA profession.
Inductees to Pi Alpha for academic excellence were Ivan Borissow of Sunderland, Justin Everson of Pasadena, Alissa Anne Parmelee of Bethesda and Martha Townsend of Catonsville.
The students selected Jeffrey Tayag Marucut of Owing Mills to receive the Clinician’s Clinician Award for professional integrity and clinical excellence. They also gave the 2012 Clinical Preceptor of the Year award to occupational medical preceptor Kevin Winstead, PA-C, of Concentra Medical Center in Columbia and a graduate of AACC’s Physician Assistant Class of 2002.
Delivering the keynote address was Rajul P. Shah, M.M.S., PA-C. He is an adjunct professor for the AACC PA program; works for an orthopedic physician assistant multispecialty; and he is a graduate of AACC’s Physician Assistant Class of 2006.
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: *Lauren Teter of Annapolis, *Jaimie Wotell of Annapolis, *Aisha Hasan of Arnold, Kerwin Borntrager of Baltimore, *Daneshwar Saroopchand of Baltimore, *Alissa Parmelee of Bethesda, *Olabisi Oladapo of Bowie, Martha Townsend of Catonsville, *Xueying Xu of Cockeysville, *Jennifer Aponte of Columbia, *Kayleigh Brosi of Columbia, *C. Michael Surendra of Columbia, *Fallon Bauer of Easton, *Ryan Merson of Elkridge, *Alvena Washington of Elkridge, Heather Collison of Essex, *Jeffrey Peaper of Harwood, Rachel Howard of Owings Mills, Jeffrey Marucut of Owings Mills, *Justin Everson of Pasadena, *Jennifer Munroe of Queenstown, *Isata Kallon of Riverdale, *Ivan Borissow of Sunderland, *Bridget McGrath of Sykesville
Maine: *Theresa Marotta of Orono
Minnesota: *Renee LaPointe of Inver Grove
New York: *Sarah Longyhore of Vestal, *Anthony Valdez of Richmond Hill
North Carolina: *Tara Stewart of Elizabeth City
Ohio: *Kelly Hofmeyer of Cincinnati
Utah: *Paula Frost of Kanab, *Raice Nelson of Salina
Virginia: *James Todd McCloskey of Norfolk
India: *Sumanth Mothe of Hyderabad
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 www.aacc.edu/physassist.