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Student PA at Covenant Clinic

November 15, 2012
By Betty Dahms, Managing Editor , Northern-Sun Print

Katie Tacke, a second year physician assistant (PA) student at the University of Des Moines, in Des Moines, Iowa, is ending her four week family practice rotation at Covenant Clinic, Gladbrook, under the guidance of Greg Randolph, PA-C.

Katie, originally from Medford, Wisconsin, had planned to major in pre-medicine at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, during her freshman year. While working at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wisconsin, she found out about the PA profession and decided that this is what she wanted for her future profession.

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical provider who works as part of a team with a doctor. PA's perform physical exams, diagnose, and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab work, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes. All 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia allow PA's to practice and prescribe medications.

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Student PA Katie Tacke and Greg Randolph PA-C. Katie has been on a four week rotation at Covenant Clinic-Gladbrook.

The PA curriculum at DMU consists of a didactic year and clinical year. During the didactic year students have a full course load with lectures and labs consisting of 40 hours per week. In the second year of the program, students have twelve four-week long rotations in multiple specialties and locations. Family medicine at Gladbrook is Katie's sixth rotation this year, marking her half-way point for her year of clinical rotations. She has already completed two other rotations in family practice and rotations in pediatrics, cardiology, and internal medicine. After her rotation in Gladbrook she will be completing a dermatology, general surgery, psychiatric, and two other internal medicine rotations in various hospitals and clinics in the Midwest.

Katie has two sisters, one brother, and a pet cat, Oliver. She enjoys scrap-booking, reading, yoga, camping, dancing, shopping and spending time with family and friends. Katie is engaged to her high school sweetheart and is excited to be planning their wedding for June 2014.

"I appreciate Greg Randolph, PA-C, at the clinic here in Gladbrook for allowing me a four week rotation with him and his staff at Covenant Clinic. I am also thankful for Greg and his wife, Linda, for letting me stay in their home during my rotation. Everyone in town has been very welcoming and kind to me over the past few weeks."

Greg Randolph, PA-C, has been mentoring both PA and Nurse Practitioner students for the past 26 years from Des Moines University and the University of Iowa.



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