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The Damon C. Argento RPA-C Memorial Scholarship: Helping Students "PAve the Way"

Although I personally did not know Damon C. Argento, it genuinely saddens me to know that the world has lost an amazing man - a man devoted to his family and to his career. In doing research to write this blog post, I came to understand how many people he touched in his life and how much of a gift he was to those who knew him. The Touro College School of Health Sciences PA program described Damon C. Argento, RPA-C as a true hero to everyone whose path he crossed in life.  An extraordinary Physician Assistant who was proud, dedicated, and devoted to his patients, coworkers, and students. In 2002, Damon graduated from the Physician Assistant program at Touro College's School of Health Sciences, and spent several years assisting surgeons at the famed Hospital for Special Surgery, part of New York Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell Medical Center. During this time, Damon taught the hospital's suture lab every Wednesday to students who needed practice with wound closure. Last year, he became the Associate Director of Professional Development of PAs, and was in the process of creating an education ladder for all PAs when he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. The Damon C. Argento RPA-C Memorial Scholarship was founded to honor the legacy of a man whose love for life and enthusiasm for education stood as an example to all who knew him, and the first annual "PAve the Way" fundraising event was recently held by the Touro College School of Health Sciences PA program. As a PA founded company, Medelita is proud to support Physician Assistant students and the AAPA, and we were honored to donate gift certificates for a free lab coat and set of scrubs to the fundraising event. The event raised $6,500 for future PA students through The Damon C. Argento RPA-C Memorial Scholarship. Through this memorial scholarship, the Touro College School of Health Sciences PA program hopes to continue his mission to educate and help future students pursue their dreams of becoming Physician Assistants.