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Join the Program at the commencement ceremony of the Class of 2015 to congratulate the graduates and give them a warm send-off into the world of medicine. The ceremony will be held on Friday, August 7th, at 1 PM in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall at the Stephens Performing Arts Center. It is located at 1002 Sam Nixon Ave. on the ISU Pocatello campus. The Program invites all preceptors and alumni to attend.

After 17 years with the Program, Kent Whitaker, MEd, PA-C, retired in May. He will return to speak at commencement at the request of the Class of 2015. The Program invites alumni and preceptors to attend to wish him well.

The Program is also collecting well-wishes, statements, photos, and memories to put in a book which will be gifted to him. Please send anything you wish to include to Kait Moessner via email at or mailed to the Program at:

921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8253
Pocatello, ID 83209

If you are an alumnus, please include your name and class; if you are a preceptor, please include your name and the name of your clinic.
Please have all content sent by August 4th.

The Walter Stein award is given yearly at the Program's graduation ceremony to preceptors.

Congratulations to this year's recipients:
Rick Batterton, PA-C, is a graduate of the Program, and has worked in internal medicine until joining Portneuf Medical Center's Behavioral Health team in April, 2011. Additionally, he is an affiliate faculty member with the Program and acts as a psychiatry preceptor. Rick says he enjoys precepting students and feels he always learns from each experience. In his free time, Rick enjoys camping, fishing, riding his motorcycle, playing the bagpipes, and, of course, spending time with his family.

Robert McKie, MD, moved from Kellogg to Boise, Idaho, where he grew up and attended Boise State University in 1995. Graduating from the WWAMI program at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2000, he completed his internal medicine residency in 2003. He practiced full-spectrum general internal medicine at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Sheridan, Wyoming, until 2006 when he began work in emergency and inpatient medicine at the Boise VAMC. Alongside his work with the Program, he also teaches PA, MD, and NP students from a variety of programs including the Oregon Health and Science University and the University of Washington. Robert particularly enjoys cardiovascular medicine and infectious disease, adding that when he's not working, he likes to be outside, hiking Idaho's trails and floating Idaho's rivers.

Carey Crill, MSN, PMHNP, CPNP, is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults, and also as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Carey has worked in psychiatry since earning her Masters in Nursing in 1998, working in admissions at Intermountain Hospital in Boise and subsequently opening her practice with Dr. Dwyer and Dr. Harrington. She received her Post-Masters Certificate NP in 2002 in order to see adults as well as children. Since then, Carey has practiced in several locations in Treasure Valley, and has worked with at-risk youth for the past three years. Carey loves seeing her patients and is a huge advocate for the patient's mental health as well as their medical and psychosocial health.

"In the spring of 2014, the High Fives Foundation gave a Winter Empowerment Grant to Jocelyn Judd. The grant helped support her recovery after she suffered paralysis at the C5 vertebra level along with dislocating and fracturing her right hip after over-rotating a backflip on  her last run of the season at Grand Targhee, a Wyoming ski resort.

This inspirational and truly encouraging video was produced to illustrate the amazing recovery and positive attitude of #HighFivesAthlete Jocelyn Judd. Watch as she returns to the sports she loves." -HighFivesFoundation

The Program is exceptionally proud of Jocelyn's recovery. She graduated from the Program in 2013.

"Ultrarunners Krissy Moehl, Jeff Browning, and Luke Nelson run 106 miles through the newly opened Patagonia Park in Chile, to celebrate and highlight Conservacion Patagonica's efforts to re-wild and protect this vast landscape." -Rios Libres and Patagonia, Inc.

Another Program alumni is doing amazing things. Check out Luke Nelson, from the Class of 2010! The Conservacion Patagonica is looking to build 50 miles of trails, costing $1,600 per mile. Patagonia will match any donations from now until December 31, 2015, so check it out!

The new anatomy and physiology lab at the ISU-Meridian campus is on its way to earning a reputation for state-of-the-art technology. The lab reopens doors for the Program to begin teaching cadaver labs to incoming students this fall. See ISU's article about it in the Alumni and Friends eNewsletter Bengal Tracks here.

Pocatello's Biology anatomy lab is being remodeled as well to enable the Program to reinstate the cadaveric experience.

ISU's own magazine highlighted the Program's preceptors. Thanks for doing such a great job!

The Program's own Anntara Smith talks to the I Chose ISU team.

Australia has gotten wind of the PA model. Read about it here.

The Star-Telegram in Fort Worth recognized PAs as one of the hottest careers.

Have you heard about the expanding role of PA-Cs in cardiology?
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