Professor Walt Eisenhauer, Program Chair for the
LHU faculty member elected commissioner
...to the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
September 13, 2012
Lock Haven, PA - Lock Haven University is pleased to announce the election of Professor Walt Eisenhauer, Program Chair for the Master of Health Science: Physician Assistant program as a “Commissioner” to the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant is the accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and physician assistant profession by defining the standards for physician assistant education and evaluating physician assistant educational programs within the territorial United States to ensure their compliance with those standards.
http://www.arc-pa.com/ Professor Eisenhauer was nominated by the physician assistant education association and will join fellow commissioners from the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Surgeons as well as other national medical groups.
The ARC-PA encourages excellence in PA education through its accreditation process by establishing and maintaining standards of quality for educational programs. The accreditation process is designed to encourage sound educational practices and innovation by programs and to stimulate continuous self-study and improvement.
Professor Eisenhauer completed his Physician Assistant Training at Hahnemann University in 1984, a Masters of Medical Science Degree from St Francis University in 1997, and a Master of Education Degree from Lock Haven University in 2007. He completed a post graduate surgical residency program at Norwalk Hospital/Yale School of Medicine from which he recently was presented the Frank Scanlon Alumni achievement award. Walt has maintained national certification as a physician assistant since 1984 and is currently licensed by the Pennsylvania State Medical Board (MA-000816L). He has achieved Distinguished Fellow Status with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (DFAAPA)
Professor Eisenhauer was on the initial advisory committee to the LHU President when the LHU PA Program was formed in 1994. He served as the Director from 2001 until 2011 and has been a faculty member with the program since it began in 1996. Walt has served as both the clinical coordinator and academic coordinator prior to assuming the directorship of the program. Currently Professor Eisenhauer serves as a core faculty member of the program.
Professor Eisenhauer has served in numerous leadership roles within both state and national professional organizations including the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association. Professor Eisenhauer has served as the president of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association and currently serves as a program site visitor for ARC-PA.
“Lock Haven University is honored one of our faculty was chosen to serve. Professor Eisenhauer has the passion for his students and his dedication and commitment to physician assistant education makes him a fine representative of our PA program as well as our university,” says Dr. Michael Fiorentino, Jr., President of Lock Haven University.
Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.