WesternU Las Vegas Center Hires Clinical Coordinator

Las Vegas, NV - 06/08/1999 -- Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) Regional Center at Las Vegas has hired Janet Wheble, PA-C, as clinical coordinator for the University's Primary Care Physician Assistant Education program.

Wheble comes to WesternU from Emergency Physicians Medical Group in Las Vegas, where she worked as an emergency room physician assistant. She also has an affiliation with Southwest Medical Associates Urgent Care in Las Vegas.

"I decided to come to WesternU because I wanted to apply my health care knowledge to the field of education," Wheble said. "I had some exposure to WesternU graduates, and I was impressed with their skills. The University has a first-rate operation, and I wanted to be a part of it."

WesternU's board of trustees voted to open an administrative office in Las Vegas in 1998. The Primary Care Physician Assistant Education (PA) program at WesternU was founded in 1990, and graduates almost 100 students a year. In 1998 the University's PA graduates exceeded the national average in physician assistant board scores for the sixth consecutive year, and the University's passing rate for first-time takers was 97 percent.

Wheble will be working to set up additional clinical rotation sites for students in the Primary Care Physician Assistant Education (PA) program.

The University currently has affiliations with two hospitals in Las Vegas- University Medical Center and Mountain View Hospital-and plans to expand this number to five.

Wheble earned her physician assistant degree from the University of Texas. She is certified as an emergency medical technician, is licensed with the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners, and is a fellow with the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

According to Stephanie Bowlin, EdD, PA-C, chair of WesternU's PA program, Wheble's clinical background made her an obvious choice for the position.

"Her direct influential bearing on the PA community in Nevada and her knowledge of the issues the area faces are invaluable qualities," Dr. Bowlin said.

Wheble resides in Las Vegas with her husband, Jim. The couple has two children.


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