In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of PA Professions, Certified Medical Educators (CME) has recognized 50 exceptional Physician Assistants for their professional accomplishments, passion, and dedication. Lock Haven University Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies Lane Bower, MHSC, PA-C, DFAAPA, was among those recognized.
According to CME’s website, “Bower has dedicated the past decade of her career to educating future PA’s. Prior to her role at LHU, she practiced in a variety of specialties including emergency medicine, gynecology, and general surgery. Bower considers PA education her passion and calling and has spent the past 35 years in the profession. Her service has garnered numerous awards. In 2014 she was named Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants. The AAPA House of Delegates awarded her the 2016 Outstanding Service Award and the Distinguished Fellow Award in 2009.
A Williamsport, PA native, Bower graduated from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, now known as Drexel University. She credits advice received from a nurse during her time as an OR tech for taking the step to pursue Physician Assistant studies. Bower said, “Later on in my career as an OR tech, there was a Surgeon at the hospital where I worked, whom would take PA students from Rutgers. We were doing a case one day and he said to me, “Lane you should go and be one of them” and he also really encouraged me and pushed me to apply for PA school.”
In Bower’s view, the future of the PA profession will only grow. “I see PA’s becoming more autonomous, not necessarily independent but having patient centered care and a team approach to medicine. Having fewer insurance or legislative issues. Additionally I would like everyone to know about PAs, know what we do, and be a household name.”
Her advice for future PA students: “You are the future, get involved in the profession. Don’t ever give up. It’s going to be tough and it’s going to be hard, but don’t give up and every now and then step back and breathe.”
Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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