ODU Professor to Testify before Ohio Senate Committee in Support of HB 284

Ohio Dominican University Professor to Testify before Ohio Senate Committee in Support of HB 284

2012-12-05

Columbus, OH (43219) – David Paulk, Ed.D., PA-C, professor and program director of Ohio Dominican University’s (ODU’s) Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program, will testify Wednesday, Dec. 5, before the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee in the Ohio Senate in support of Substitute House Bill 284. 

If signed into law, HB 284 would expand the PA practice in Ohio and give physician assistants the ability to write do not resuscitate (DNR) orders, pronounce death, write schedule II prescriptions, and allow a medical doctor to supervise several physician assistants in the event of a disaster. 

“Ohio ranks eighth-lowest in the nation in physician assistant providers with a ratio of 17.3 PAs per 100,000 people,” Dr. Paulk said. “There is a great need for quality healthcare in Ohio and the need is growing by leaps and bounds. Ohio Dominican University is working to meet that need.” 

In July, ODU launched its PA program with an inaugural class of 46 students. The program is the first and only to be offered in Central Ohio and the newest in the Midwest. 

“Passage of HB 284 will help make Ohio highly regarded and a favorable state in which to practice,” Dr. Paulk said. “Students will be attracted to the PA programs in Ohio for their quality and accessibility. PA graduates thereby will be more likely to stay here and practice. This will increase access by putting more clinicians in the hospitals, physician offices, as well as rural and inner-city clinics in Ohio.” 

HB 284 is sponsored by State Reps. Anne Gonzales, R-Westerville, and Tom Letson, D-Warren. The bill can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private comprehensive liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning. 

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