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Christen MacKorell, class president of the Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Class of 2017, is the first PA student ever to be accepted into the North Carolina Medical Society’s Leadership College through the Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership. She has also spearheaded multiple Gardner-Webb PA Studies Program grants and outreach efforts to further leadership development of PA students as well as to provide medical care for underserved individuals in a homeless center in rural Western North Carolina. In recognition of her community service, advocacy role and leadership qualities, MacKorell has been invited to speak as a member of a panel discussion entitled “Developing and Engaging Student and Early Career PA Leaders” at the American Academy of Physician Assistants Leadership and Advocacy Summit Feb. 6 in Washington, DC.

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American Academy of Physician Assistants Leadership and Advocacy Summit, Christen MacKorell, GWU Physician Assistant Studies Program, Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership, N.C. Academy of Physician Assistants, North Carolina Medical Society Leadership College

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