NEWS | September 18, 2020

UC Davis physician assistant graduates take oath

Class of 2020 prepares for real-world practice

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Future physician assistants (P.A.) from the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis gathered virtually to mark their transition into the profession with the recitation of the Physician Assistant Professional Oath Sept. 18.

The Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Class of 2020 gathered online to mark the formal transition from student to health care professional. By taking the oath, students pledge to put the health, safety and privacy of patients first and adhere to a professional code of ethics.

“Never has a graduating class been called to step into the future with more purpose, vision, passion, energy and hope,” said Jeff Pearl, P.A. program director. “Apply these ideas as you learn in your profession and practice craft. Keep these words in mind as you continue to demonstrate humanity and compassion as your care for your patients and their families. Continue to make this part of who you are and the P.A. you aspire to become.”

P.A. graduates celebrate end of graduate education. (pre-COVID photo)

After 27 months of classroom discussions, skills lab instruction, and hundreds of hours of clinical rotations, the graduates are ready to take their licensing exam.

Graduate Keoki Leong spoke to his fellow classmates and relayed wise words his father shared before his passing in 2011.

“He told me something I’ll never forget. He said, ‘Keoki, find the good.’ Three simple words.” Leong shared, “The oath is our pledge to find the good. I’m excited for our journey that is about to unfold.”

Thanks to dedicated faculty, staff and colleagues within the UC Davis School of Medicine, these students were able to stay in required clinical rotations to graduate on time.

“Most of the health systems in the region whom we rely on as partners for students’ clinical experiences told our students to steer clear until the worst had passed,” said Dean Stephen Cavanagh. “Fortunately, we were able to tap into the vast enterprise of UC Davis Health and partner with our colleagues like never before.”

To learn more about the School of Nursing P.A. program visit