USF’s New Mexico Campus Helps with Flu Vaccine Clinics

Nov. 21, 2018 | Joliet, Ill.

In early November, sixteen students in the University of St. Francis (USF) physician assistant studies program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, shared their skills and services alongside three USF faculty members to staff two community flu vaccine clinics at University of New Mexico hospital facilities.

“The focus was to provide community outreach for the state of New Mexico in terms of flu vaccine coverage for as many residents as possible. This is a yearly event during flu season, held at numerous times until the University of New Mexico runs out of its allocated vaccine doses,” said Michael Domino, USF Physician Assistant Program Director at the USF campus in Albuquerque.

USF students and staff have been volunteering at the free clinics annually since 2015.

The USF physician assistant studies program embraces the university’s Franciscan mission and values of respect, compassion, service and integrity. The program is a full-time, 27-month program that consists of fifteen months of didactic classroom basic medical sciences, behavioral and social sciences, clinical preparatory sciences and professional practice issues. This is followed by twelve continuous months of supervised clinical learning experiences at sites within New Mexico and around the U.S. Students must complete the entire 27-month program through the University of St. Francis. Upon successful completion of the entire program of study, the student will be awarded a Master of Science (M.S.) degree.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

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