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New physician assistants graduate IPAP

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nan Shih and U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Sade Savage graduated from the Inter-service Physician Assistant Program class 03-12 during a ceremony at the Sunrise Vista golf course on Nellis AFB, Nev., Jan. 30, 2015. Shih and Savage graduated as first lieutenants, with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nan Shih and U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Sade Savage graduated from the Inter-service Physician Assistant Program class 03-12 during a ceremony at the Sunrise Vista golf course on Nellis AFB, Nev., Jan. 30, 2015. Shih and Savage graduated as first lieutenants, with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Two students graduated from the Interservice Physician Assistant Program class 03-12 at the Sunrise Vista Golf Course here, Jan. 30, 2015.

Upon graduation, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nan Shih and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sade Savage were commissioned as first lieutenants in the Medical Service Corps with their Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The IPAP program is a two and a half year course, where Shih and Savage spent 13 months of their phase two training at the 99th Medical Group at Nellis AFB. The training comprised of nearly 3,000 supervised clinical clerkship hours in 16 clinical specialties from pediatrics to psychiatry and orthopedics to family medicine.

These two students combined, also spent approximately 500 hours of supervised direct patient care, in the emergency department. Together, they logged more than 2,600 patient encounters, over 600 patient procedures and each managed to give nine professional and medical lectures to their colleagues.

Shih will be stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., and Savage will be stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Their graduation took place during the week of the 50th anniversary of the Biomedical Science Corps.

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