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MBKU's SPAS Partners with Sickle Cell Disease Providers for PA Training


In response to severe shortages of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) expertise among health care providers, Networking California for Sickle Cell Care, California’s first and only SCD consortium, has partnered with Marshall B. Ketchum University’s School of PA Studies to create and pilot a six-week certificate elective in SCD for physician assistant (PA) students nearing graduation. The course offers structured lessons and practical application through clinical rotation coordinated by the Center for Inherited Blood Disorders (CIBD).

MBKU’s Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor, Sandra G. Fineman, MPAS, PA-C shared that, “through our partnership with the Network, we’re addressing a massive educational gap that existed within providers in our state.”

“Our program is proudly providing PAs with the knowledge and tools needed to deliver patient-centered care through hands-on experience that most of our students never had access to before.”

To learn more about the program visit Networking California for Sickle Cell Care at