Pacific's PA school awarded $450k grant


physicassist   Pacific University has been awarded a $450,000, three-year grant from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
   The funding is in response to the opioid crisis with the idea of bringing more physician assistants to the front lines of treating those, who suffer from opioid abuse.
   Pacific University officials said up to 180 physician assistant students will take part in the project with a minimum interaction of 4,320 patients during clinical rotations. 
   By including medication-assisted treatment training in the first and second years of the students' curriculum, they will be ready when they graduate to seek authority to prescribe medications to treat opioid abuse.
   Pacific's School of Physician Assistant Studies offers a 27-month program that leads to a master of science in physician assistant studies. 
   To learn more about the program, visit Pacific University's website.