Western University of Health Sciences Welcome Week is in midstream, which means students began picking up their medical equipment for school and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for rotations.

Behind the WesternU Bookstore, new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies students picked up medical equipment and accessory kits. They also received a physician assistant Class of 2022 T-shirts courtesy of College of Health Sciences Dean Dee Schilling, PT, PhD.

New physician assistant students receive their medical equipment during a curbside distribution in the parking lot behind the WesternU Bookstore. New PA student Aziza Najjar shows off the medical equipment she picked up Thursday, Aug. 06, 2020. (Jeff Malet, WesternU)

Of the 98 PA students enrolled in the Class of 2020, more than 70 students picked up their equipment Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.

“It’s definitely been a crazy time but I’m overjoyed to be here and I can’t wait to spend the next two years here,” said new PA student Aziza Najjar. “I’m sure the school will prepare us for what’s to come.”

New physician assistant students and roommates Claudia Moroney, right and Erin Tsuji, show off their new medical equipment. (Jeff Malet, WesternU)

Erika Magana, Administrative Assistant with the College of Health Sciences delivers a bag of medical equipment to new student Aziza Najjar. (Jeff Malet, WesternU)

New PA students Claudia Moroney and Erin Tsuji met through a PA Facebook group that some upper-class members created. After quickly becoming friends, they decided to be roommates.

“We are excited to start PA school together,” said Moroney. “Having a buddy to bounce things off of with, even though we are doing school mostly remotely, will be great.”

Third-year CPM student Alex Barney picked up PPE for himself and a fellow student. Along for the ride were his dog Pascal and his daughter Blair. (Jeff Malet, WesternU)

Third- and fourth-year CPM students picked up PPE from the College to help them be prepared for rotations.
(Jeff Malet, WesternU

The College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) provided PPE pick-up dates Aug. 6 and Friday, Aug. 7 for third- and fourth-year students. It included a face shield, face masks, N95 masks and goggles to help protect them while on rotation through December. The College also added a few goodies to the bag.

“Today I picked up PPE for myself and one of my classmates, which will help protect myself so I won’t get sick and my classmates won’t get sick and we will be able to have a good, strong year of rotations,” said third-year CPM student Alex Barney.