Wayne State Student Receive Rutan Scholarships 2009

Richard Bernstein, Program Director Stephanie Gilkey, Alexandra Godfrey, Judy Rutan, Rick Rutan, Dean Howard Normile


Alexandra Godfrey

Alexandra Godfrey was the 2009 recipient of the Lara Rutan Scholarship. Alexandra’s decision to train as a physician assistant was fuelled by her desire to provide primary care services to the medically underserved.
As a student in the Wayne State University Physician Assistant Studies program, she worked at Cass Clinic,
a free clinic for the medically uninsured and participated in the Walgreen’s Clinic at Highland Park. Alexandra
was co-chair of the Community Service Committee and the program president of the Student Association of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA).  As community service chair, Alexandra helped organize collections for Mott Children’s Hospital and Adopt A Family as well as raise funds and awareness for the AIDS population in Detroit.

Alexandra’s interests are diverse, including emergency medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, the medical humanities, and end of life care.  Alexandra has volunteered for hospice since 2007, providing respite care for the terminally ill.

Writing plays a significant role in Alexandra’s life. She has published essays in multiple journals, including the online journal “Pulse”, “The Yale Journal of Medical Humanities”, and the “Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.” On graduation, Alexandra was invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She began her term in April 2010 and is absolutely delighted to be so closely involved with formal published work of the PA profession. Recently, Alexandra accepted a position as an Emergency medicine Physician Assistant. She will start her new job in August 2010 and is determined to continue Lara’s legacy, namely, providing her patients with excellent and compassionate medical care.


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