Richards Named Director for E&H Physician Assistant Program

Posted on: Thursday, June 25th, 2015 by Brent Treash
Emory & Henry College has named the founding chair and program director for its developing Physician Assistant Program, as part of its continued expansion of the School of Health Science in Marion, Va.

Emory & Henry College has named the founding chair and program director for its developing Physician Assistant Program (PA), as part of its continued expansion of the E&H School of Health Science in Marion, Va.

Scott Richards, who joined the E&H School of Health Sciences on June 1, has been certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and state-licensed to practice medicine for more than 20 years. His clinical experience has emphasized family practice and behavioral medicine—all at rural and inner city community health centers and family practices serving impoverished and underserved patients.

Richards brings extensive leadership and accreditation experience to the E&H Physician Assistant Program (PA), according to Lou Fincher, dean of the School of Health Sciences in Marion.

Hiring the director is an important milestone and keeps us on track with our planned schedule for starting the physician assistant program in the fall of 2017.Lou FincherDean of the School of Health Sciences in Marion

Richards completed his physician assistant training at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, receiving both his certificate for physician assistant studies and a bachelor of science degree. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology with honors from the University of Massachusetts and a master of science and PhD in clinical psychology from Walden University. 

GOAL: A Top Physician Assistant Program

"It is an absolute honor to be a part of Emory & Henry and its new School of Health Sciences," Richards said. "Emory & Henry is truly a student-centered and mission-focused institution with goals of changing lives and increasing and enhancing civic engagement and collaboration to support local and regional communities."

"Given my drive to serve the underserved, my new position is a great fit and will not only allow me to help continue the stellar education and service work for the benefit of students and communities that helps to define Emory & Henry, but it will allow me to develop a PA program that emphasizes the roots of physician assistant education, to train extremely competent, compassionate, and patient-centric physician assistants with a drive to give back to their communities, increase access to care for all, and serve the underserved. I cannot think of a more appropriate academic institution to match my vision."

Prior to joining Emory & Henry, Richards served as an assistant professor at the University of New England, teaching in both its physician assistant program and medical school, served as a program director and associate dean for the MCPHS University, overseeing programs in Boston, Worcester, Mass., and Manchester, N.H. He most recently served as the director of clinical education for Lynchburg College, where he helped to develop and launch its new physician assistant program.

He also served on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Society of Physician Assistants, has given continuing medical education presentations in psychiatry at state CME conferences, has co-authored published research articles, and developed and implemented a volunteer migrant health clinic.

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