Published 03/22/17

Bryant's first Physician Assistants will take the Hippocratic Oath March 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. 

Inaugural class of Bryant physician assistants will graduate March 25

Nitin Damle, M.D.SMITHFIELD, R.I. — The inaugural class of Bryant University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program will graduate and take the Hippocratic Oath on Saturday, March 25, 2017, in a ceremony that begins at 10 a.m. at Stepan Grand Hall in the Bello Center for Information and Technology.

Nitin Damle, M.D., M.S., FACP, President of the American College of Physicians (ACP), will present the Commencement keynote address to the 29 graduates, their friends and families. Doctor Damle is the founding and managing partner at South County Internal Medicine Inc. in Wakefield, R.I. He is past president of the Rhode Island Medical Society and past president of the medical staff of the South County Hospital Health Care System, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees. His areas of expertise are general internal medicine, Lyme disease, medical quality and practice management, payment reform, and health care policy. He completed his internship and residency training at the Brown University Affiliated Teaching Hospitals in Providence, R.I.

As Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Doctor Damle mentors medical students and delivers lectures on practice management.

Learn more about Doctor Damle here.

The inaugural class was selected from among 400 applicants. They completed a 27-month program that began in January 2015 in the University's state-of-the-art Physician Assistant Learning Center, which celebrated its grand opening in March 2015. Highlights of the incoming class at that time included:

  • Average age: 26.8
  • Female:Male: 70:30
  • Languages spoken: English, Spanish, American Sign Language, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu
  • Veterans: 3
  • Overall pre-admission GPA:  3.3
  • GPA for prerequisite courses:  3.4