Arcadia University Signs Historic Educational Agreement with 87th Medical Group

November 21, 2012

Air Force Recruiter Online reported on Nov. 20 that Arcadia University recently signed an "Educational Affiliation Agreement" with the U.S. Air Force 87th Medical Group, Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst, N.J., as part of a partnership initiated by the Air Force Recruiting Service's 360th Recruiting Group Health Professions team. The agreement will give Arcadia University Physician Assistant students the opportunity to complete an eight-week clinical rotation in Family Practice medicine through the Family Health Clinic at McGuire-Dix Lakehurst. The first rotation will begin in January 2013.

To celebrate the new affiliation between the Air Force and Arcadia University, President Carl Oxholm and Valentine, hosted a ceremony and dinner at Arcadia's Grey Towers Castle. Among the many invited guests was Lt. Col. Andrea Gooden, Dover Medical Group Squadron commander, who has now expressed interest in bringing a similar program to her squadron in the very near future.

"Entering into this agreement with McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is a great honor and a great opportunity for our University," says Arcadia President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III. "Private higher education is all about teaching our students how they can use their time, talent and treasure to give back, and there is no more deserving a group for us to give back to than those who put their lives on the line for us all in the military service of our country. More than this, they will also experience the opportunity to serve in the United States Air Force, which will open up new career possibilities for them."

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