Students to explore physician assistant profession during UT Health Science Center camp

WHAT: The Regional Campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is holding a Summer Physician Assistant Camp. During the camp, Laredo-area high school students will role-play as physician assistants and patients as they learn how to conduct a medical interview, perform a cardiovascular exam and interpret rate and rhythm from an EKG report.
WHEN: 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, the students will use stethoscopes to listen to each other’s hearts and conduct a cardiovascular examination.
WHERE: The Clinical Simulation Room (2.104) in the Academic Building of the UT Health Science Center’s Regional Campus, 1937 E. Bustamante Street.
WHO: Carmen Cardona, M.P.A.S., PA-C, assistant professor and coordinator of the Physician Assistant Studies program at the Regional Campus in Laredo, will teach students how to conduct a cardiovascular examination and distinguish among the different heart sounds and murmurs. PA Cardona speaks both English and Spanish.
NOTE: Physician assistants are licensed health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural and urban settings. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery and prescribe medications. They can specialize in such areas as family practice, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine and research.

The camp is sponsored by the UT Health Science Center’s Med Ed Program, which offers encouragement and support for middle school, high school and undergraduate college students in South Texas who are interested in the health professions. Med Ed participants are offered year-round academic enrichment, community service opportunities and volunteer programs at area health care facilities. They also take field trips to the Regional Campus in Laredo and the Health Science Center campus in San Antonio to learn how to prepare for an education and career in the health professions. For more information about the Med Ed Program, visit



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