AF names physician assistant training program candidates

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By Debbie Gildea, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs / Published April 22, 2014

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) --

Nearly three dozen Airmen have been selected for the Tri-Service Physician Assistant Training at Fort Sam Houston here beginning in August, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced April 21.

Originally open only to enlisted members, the 29-month program is now open to enlisted, officers and Academy and Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, said Kevin Smith, the AFPC Biomedical Sciences Corps education manager.

The program includes 16 months of academic training, followed by 13 months of "clerkship" at a military medical facility, Smith said.

Once enlisted members complete the program, they will be commissioned as first lieutenants. Senior airmen selected for the program will be promoted to staff sergeant the day before they depart for the course. Technical sergeants and above selected for promotion also will pin on before their program entry date.

Selectees, on average, were 29 years old with close to eight years of service, had an SAT composite score of 1,704 and a 3.39 academic grade point average, Smith said.

For more information about Air Force medical commissioning opportunities and other medical field information, go to the medical knowledge exchange website at https://kx.afms.mil.

To see the list of participants, and for information about other personnel issues, go to the myPers website. Select "search all components" from the drop down menu and enter "FY2015 Interservice Physician Assistant Program" in the search window.

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