LIU Brooklyn Student Awarded ‘Scholarship of Excellence’ from National Health Organization
Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Keera Bhandari, 26, a physician assistant studies major at LIU Brooklyn, is one of only 13 students in the nation to win a Scholarship of Excellence Award from the prestigious Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP).
"Because of the national level of competition among students from some of the most elite health professions schools, this is a tremendous recognition for Keera and for the Physician Assistant Studies program at LIU Brooklyn," said School of Health Professions Dean Barry S. Eckert.
Bhandari, who lives in Crown Heights, has wanted to help and heal people since she was a preschooler. "On my mother's side of the family, there are eight doctors," she said. "So, being in medicine was a family occupation."
After graduating from East Hampton High School at the top of her class, she went on to Wesleyan University, where she was in a pre-health track and received a B.A. in Psychology in 2008 and an accelerated M.A. in Cognitive Psychology in 2009. She then worked as a research associate in Hartford Hospital's Institute for Living for two years.
Bhandari said she chose the physician assistant program at LIU Brooklyn because she liked the amount of contact physician assistants have with patients.
"Physician assistants are team players, but also make individual decisions," said Bhandari. Physician assistants perform 80-90% of the care provided by physicians and it is a profession in great demand.
"I chose LIU Brooklyn's physician assistant program because of its good reputation," she said.
Bhandari is leaning toward working in a hospital, perhaps in internal medicine. She expects to graduate in 2013 with an M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies.
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