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Aspiring Physician Assistant Earns USciences’ 2016 Graduate Student Award of Merit

By Brian Kirschner

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From left to right: Dr. BJ Cunningham, dean of students; Marvin Samson HonAlm’96, board of trustees chairman; Patrick Coppler PA’17 who received the 2016 Graduate Student Award of Merit; and Kathleen R. Mayes P’76, PharmD’78, interim president. Credit: Ellis Photography/University of the Sciences

Distinguished researcher and future healthcare provider Patrick Coppler PA’17 was presented with University of the Sciences’ 2016 Graduate Student Award of Merit during its 195th Founders’ Day Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 18.

“Patrick is proof that our graduate programs are adept at attracting and educating innovators and leaders in our research and clinical programs,” said Dr. William Cunningham, dean of students at USciences. “During his time in our physician assistant studies program, he has engaged in significant medical research that is a reflection of our institution’s founders.”

Coppler, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has distinguished himself through his extensive research in the treatment of cardiac arrest—particularly, the study of temperature management, fluid resuscitation, and neurological prognostication. His research has been published in the Journal of the American Association of Physician Assistants,Prehospital Emergency Care, Resuscitation, and Shock.

He has also presented his research and shared his expertise at professional conferences, including the Society for Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress and the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions and Resuscitation Science Symposium. 

Each year, Founders’ Day at USciences recognizes its establishment on Feb. 23, 1821, as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy — the first college of pharmacy in North America, which is now a part of USciences. For more information, visit the University’s Founders’ Day webpage.

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