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Dear SHP Community,

 

On this 40th anniversary of the founding of our school I am initiating a new tradition. Each year, at the School of Health Professions Convocation, and the Rutgers University Commencement, the faculty of the school are led in procession by the Gonfalonier. This position has historically been held by one of the School’s senior administrators. Starting this year, and as part of a new annual tradition, the Dean will select a single member of the faculty who has made significant contributions to the school, or their field, to be honored by being invited to serve as the Gonfalonier who will lead our faculty procession at convocation and commencement.

I am pleased to announce that Mr. Ryan White, SHP Physician Assistant Program, has been selected as our first Faculty Gonfalonier honoree. Over this past year, Mr. White has made significant, and impressive, contributions not only to our school, but also to his profession, in developing and implementing the School’s and Nation’s first Physician Assistant (PA) faculty practice. I am enormously grateful for, and proud of, his outstanding accomplishments, and am delighted to have him lead the faculty processional as the 2017 Faculty Gonfalonier at Rutgers New Brunswick Commencement on Sunday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, and SHP convocation on Wednesday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

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Mr. White joined the PA Program faculty in August 2012. He received a B.S. in biology with a minor in anthropology from Muhlenberg College in 2002. Following his undergraduate studies, Mr. White worked in the field of molecular biology and was involved with both academic and pharmaceutical research laboratories. In 2008, Mr. White became the first graduate of UMDNJ’s M.S. Physician Assistant and M.P.H. dual degree program, with a public health concentration in health care systems and policy.  After completing this program, Mr. White practiced in primary care internal medicine and neurology. He currently lectures in the areas of neurology, clinical nutrition, health policy, and health care reform. As Assistant Director, Clinical Education and Practice, he is responsible for oversight and coordination of the clinical education curriculum and clinical clerkships of the SHP PA program. Over the past two years Mr. White has coordinated the development of the Rutgers PA Faculty Practice in collaboration with New Jersey Medical School. The model represents a novel approach to PA faculty practice in orthopedics and neurosurgery. 

Mr. White is pursuing a PhD in health care systems and policy. His research interests include primary care workforce policies, integration of mental health and primary care, health system reform and PA practice policies and regulations. He is a Past President of the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants (NJSSPA), a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association’s (PAEA) Government Relations and External Affairs Council and a Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.  Mr. White is the 2015 recipient of the PAEA New Faculty Award for Professional Excellence and the 2016 recipient of the NJSSPA Outstanding PA of the Year Award.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. White on his accomplishments and being awarded this honor!

 

Sincerely,

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Gwendolyn Mahon, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Dean, Rutgers School of Health Professions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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