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Dr. Michael Lacey to Provide Vital Training to PA Students


Michael LaceyIt may be summer but our faculty is busy providing vital training to Physician Assistants (PA) students nationwide. The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine’s medical director Michael Lacey, MD, Diplomate ABPN-Sleep Medicine, is preparing to give two lectures next month.


“I look forward to speaking to the PA students because they don’t get much regular exposure to sleep medicine,” said Dr. Lacey.


Dr. Lacey brings more than 20 years of experience in sleep medicine and neurology to these lectures. His 2-hour lectures will focus on the basic mechanisms of sleep medicine and sleep disorders. He will be speaking to roughly 40 – 75 PA students at each of his presentations. Dr. Lacey hopes to teach PA students about the essentials of sleep medicine and how the future PAs can integrate their skills into a sleep medicine practice.


The first of Dr. Lacey’s lecture will be on July 2, 2010 at Mercer University in AtlMercer Universityanta, GA. Within its College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the university has a specialized Physician Assistant program. Mercer University’s PA program has received provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Students who complete the Physician Assistant program (a 28-month program) will receive a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) degree.


Eastern VA Medical SchoolHis second lecture is scheduled for July 7, 2010 at the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, VA. Dr. Lacey is excited to return to EVMS to speak because he received professional training from the school. EVMS has a Master of Physician Assistant (MPA) program for students enrolled in EVMS’s School of Health Professionals. The school’s PA program is fully accredited by the ARC-PA.


“Sleep medicine is an extremely important field, and there is no sleep module or training that is incorporated into PA or Nurse Practitioner core curriculum,” said Dr. Lacey.


This will be Dr. Lacey’s third year presenting at Mercer University and his second year presenting at Eastern VA School of Medicine. Please keep an eye out for more events the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine’s faculty is involved in.


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