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PBMC physician assistant receives national recognition

Peconic Bay Medical Center physician assistant Luke Allen, PA-C, has been been nationally recognized for earning a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Allen was recognized for earning a CAQ in Orthopedic Surgery, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and passing a national exam in the specialty. He is one of 13 PAs in New York State to earn a CAQ in Orthopedic Surgery since the program’s inception in 2011.

“Certified PAs are prepared and proven providers who contribute real value to the healthcare of this nation,” said Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, president and CEO of NCCPA. “They graduate from demanding masters-level programs, pass a rigorous certification exam, and maintain certification at the highest level through continuing medical education programs and retesting throughout their careers. Certified PAs increase access to care for patients in every specialty and clinical setting, including those that are historically underserved.”

CAQs are offered to certified PAs in seven specialties: cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, hospital medicine, orthopedic surgery, nephrology, pediatrics and psychiatry.

Source: Press release issued by NCPAA dated Feb. 9, 2017.

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