Sophie Davis Physician Assistant Program Garners Dual Accolades

David Lau, didactic coordinator at CCNY’s Physician Assistant program at Harlem Hospital Center and a 1990 alumnus, has been named New York State PA of the Year.

The City College of New York Sophie Davis Physician Assistant (PA) program at Harlem Hospital Center and David Lau, its didactic coordinator and a 1990 alumnus, are celebrating a double coup this fall.

On October 5, Mr. Lau will receive the New York State PA of the Year award in Tarrytown, NY, from the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA). In selecting him as its 2013 recipient, the NYSSPA cited his service and the inspiration and the integrity he brings to the profession.

Also, the CCNY PA program’s Class of 2013 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam. The Class of 2010 also achieved a perfect pass rate.

Theresa Horvath, assistant dean and program director, said Mr. Lau’s award and the 100 percent pass rate were testimony of the outstanding faculty at CCNY, a leader in producing African-American and Latino physician assistants.

“This is a well deserved honor for David, who has a statewide reputation as being an excellent educator. We are very proud of him,” she said.

In addition to teaching at CCNY, Mr. Lau works part time as a practicing PA in the emergency departments at Harlem Hospital Center and New York Hospital of Queens. He also is the faculty advisor to the CCNY-Harlem Physician Assistant Student Society and coached the CCNY-Harlem PA Program Jeopardy Team that won state championships in 2009 and 2012.

City College’s PA program was developed at Harlem Hospital in 1973 and is one of 173 accredited PA programs in the United States. It was also one of the first baccalaureate degree-granting PA programs in the country. The program has graduated more than 750 physician assistants to date. In addition, more than half of the minority faculty teaching in PA training programs nationwide were trained at CCNY.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education; and the Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

Set on a striking, 35-acre hilltop campus in upper Manhattan, CCNY has produced more Nobel laureates than any other public institution in the United States. The College has been touted as one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes, one of the Best Colleges in the United States as well as one of the Best Value Colleges by the Princeton Review, and ranks among U.S. News’ top regional universities.


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