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Physician Assistant Committed to Profession and HIV/AIDS Awareness

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SANGER – Sam Wijesinghe, a certified physician assistant (PA) at Adventist Health / Community Care – Sanger, is committed to his profession and it’s being recognized on a national level. Wijesinghe is one of 18 PAs in the nation to be selected by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) to serve as an expert on future PA development. The selected group will meet in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 9-10.

This is just one of many accomplishments for Wijesinghe in recent weeks. On Dec. 17, he learned he passed an exam to receive his HIV/AIDS national certification.

“It was a very vigorous exam,” he says. “I felt extremely happy and relieved to have passed.” This is the same exam physicians take to obtain credential as an American Academy of HIV Specialist (AAHIVS).

Now that he has his credential, Wijesinghe can care for HIV patients in the Sanger clinic. He’s the only advanced practice professional in the Adventist Health / Central Valley Network to be able to do so.

“HIV has become a chronic disease,” he says. “We need more providers managing the care of these patients. I feel privileged to make a contribution to my community.”

Wijesinghe was the HIV testing coordinator for Fresno County in 2012. He recalls seeing a young patient with HIV, which is what sparked his passion for awareness.

“I remember seeing a patient who was born with HIV,” says Wijesinghe. “That touched my heart, and I decided at that moment I could make a difference simply by educating people.”

Wijesinghe may be reached at Adventist Health / Community Care – Sanger, 1939 Academy Ave., with a phone number of (559) 875-6900.