LLWS medical team to include nearly 50 Penn College students

A large group of Pennsylvania College of Technology students is set to join the medical team at the 2017 Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport this August.

The students are pursuing careers as physician assistants and paramedics. During the 11-day tournament, they will serve both participants and spectators of the series, which draws 16 teams from around the world, and tens of thousands of fans each day.

“Our paramedic and physician assistant programs deeply appreciate the clinical practice our students gain from such an exciting annual international event as the Little League World Series just across the river from campus,” said Edward A. Henninger, dean of health sciences.

As part of a clinical practicum course, 17 students in the college’s paramedic technician and emergency medical services majors will stand ready in the stadiums to tend to participants’ and spectators’ emergency health needs. In Penn College’s EMS majors, students complete more than 1,100 hours of field and clinical experience.

The World Series exposes them to cultural diversity in health care and to providing emergency medical assistance to all ages at a large-scale event. The students work under the guidance of certified paramedics from Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Services.

The college’s senior-level physician assistant students will staff the infirmary in International Grove, the residential area of the World Series Complex, where Little League teams are housed. Physician assistants are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. The students have finished their classroom studies and will spend the final year of their education in clinical rotations with practicing physicians and PAs.

At the World Series, the 29 students will provide urgent care to players and their coaches. They will work under the supervision of a certified physician assistant and physician.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the PA students, offering them a unique clinical experience,” said Kendra F. Boell, clinical director of the physician assistant program at Penn College.

Both groups of students are under the direction of Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, emergency physician and medical director emeritus of pre-hospital services at UPMC Susquehanna and medical director for the college’s paramedic and physician assistant programs; and Dr. John Boll, medical director for the Little League World Series and assistant director of Williamsport Family Medicine Residency at UPMC Susquehanna.

The physician assistant student volunteers are: Abbey L. Bower, of Williamsport; Lucas H. Bower, of Linden; Madison L. Carey, of Williamsport; Jaclyn L. Casey, of West Chester; Michelle D. Detwiler, of Milton; Arielle S. Eckroth, of Muncy Valley; Catherine A. Fisher, of Elysburg; Carlo D. Gardner, of Williamsport; Curtis R. Gehman, of Mill Hall; Megan N. Heckman, of Spring Mills; Montanah R. James, of Danville; James T. Kane II, of Danville; Danielle M. Klock, of Sunbury; Kavitha R. Kolangaden, of Belle Mead, New Jersey; Bradly M. Lantz, of Cogan Station; Kylen J. Larue, of Duncannon; Alexa M. Maddy, of Williamsport; Kaitlyn R. McCaffery, of New Columbia; Benjamin D. Meier, of Fleetwood; Jonathan E. Mitchell, of Middleburg; Allison M. Moss, of Wellsboro; Austin N. Oberholzer, of Saint Thomas; Michael J. Pearl, of Levittown; Kurstyn T. Pfleegor, of Northumberland; Kulwinder Singh, of Boalsburg; Rachel C. Teti, of East Earl; Rachael D. Trump, of Williamsport; Angela R. Vought, of Elysburg; and Season C. Whitenight, of Bloomsburg.

The emergency medical services and paramedic technician student volunteers are: Waleed S. Almasri, of Houston, Texas; Mohammed A. Almubareick, of Houston, Texas; Ali T. Alnasir, of Williamsport; James A. Babinetz, of Doylestown; Emory L. Bierly, of Jersey Shore; James R. Fischer, of Long Valley, New Jersey; Amber Y. Garbrick, of Lock Haven; Joseph P. Hanstine, of Lakewood; Gabrielle E. Hileman, of Hughesville; Katharine R. Kieser, of Williamsport; Andee M. Lauritsen, of West Chester; Rachel L. Miller, of Mill Hall; Abdullah F. Qindil, of Houston, Texas; Keith M. Ray, of Montoursville; Matthew S. Walter, of Mifflinburg; Michelle K. Waughen, of Montgomery; and Sarah A. Zimmerman, of Turbotville.