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News from the Physician Assistant Studies Team

Ms. Kelly Taylor, PA-C, has recently joined the Physician Assistant Studies Program as the new academic fellow under the direction of Dr. Paul Jacques.  Kelly graduated from the Duke University Physician Assistant program in 2007 and has been working clinically since that time. She worked in the DC metro area in gastroenterology for three years before moving to Charleston in 2010 to take a PA position in the endocrinology division at MUSC. Kelly will continue to practice clinically at MUSC during her fellowship year as she spends the majority of her time perfecting her teaching skills. Kelly grew up in Kansas City, KS and Colorado Springs, CO but now considers Charleston and MUSC her home. We welcome her and hope her year in academia is enormously successful.  


April Vargus, PA-C, has recently joined the Physician Assistant Studies Program as a new faculty member. April was the academic fellow for the MUSC PA program from 2011-2012 and then remained on as adjunct faculty for a short time thereafter.  During her fellowship, she was involved with all aspects of and many courses within the PAS program.  She thoroughly enjoyed teaching and learning from the PAS students and found that she formed strong bonds with many of the PAS faculty. Thereafter, her decision to apply for a full-time faculty position with the program and further her career in academia was a natural progression.  In addition, April has assumed the role of the admissions coordinator, taking over for Arnie Metz, PA-C, who recently retired.  For the past two and a half years, April has been practicing clinically in surgical oncology with Cancer Specialists of Charleston and will be assuming a new clinical role next month as the first PA ever within the department of OB/GYN at MUSC and will be working with Dr. Steve Swift in the department of urogynecology. April is very excited to be back as part of the MUSC PA program and looks forward to working with everyone!


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