In May, Lane Bower, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, retired from Lock Haven University, after almost 12 years of teaching at the university. In April, Bower was notified that she was chosen to receive the Sherry Stolberg Alumni Award by the Hahnemann/Drexel PA program.
Bower, who helped start the PA program at LHU, graduated from the former Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, now Drexel University, in 1981. She was chosen for the award in recognition of her outstanding achievement, innovative contribution, service, and dedication to the PA profession and program.
Bower is member and past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA), as well as co-chair of the student-faculty affairs committee and member of the PSPA conference committee; a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA); a Pennsylvania delegate for the House of Delegates for the AAPA; and a fellow member and distinguished fellow of the AAPA.
Being chosen for the award was an extra special honor for Bower, since Stolberg had a major impact on her while she was a student at Hahnemann. When Bower suffered an injury and had to take a leave from her schooling, Stolberg helped her with her leave and through the transition of coming back to school.
“Out of all of the things that have happened … if I could have picked something I could have gotten, this would be the one I wanted to have. It really meant something to me,” Bower said about being chosen for the award.
As a professor at LHU, Bower said what she enjoyed most about working with her students was seeing them reach that “ah-ha” moment and just watching them grow. “Watching them coming in – looking like deer in the headlights – to getting them out on rotation and have the preceptors say how great our program and students are,” she said.
Bower said she believes the PA program and profession will continue to grow, due to the country’s growing need for medical care. “We are becoming more autonomous in the medical profession,” she said.
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