By: Cole Turno
August 5, 2014
Boston, MA – The Boston University Physician Assistant Program’s inaugural class paid tribute to PA pioneer Carl Toney by naming the student society in his honor at the white coat ceremony in July. The student society will henceforth be referred to as the Carl Toney Society. Mr. Toney was presented a plaque commemorating the event by the society’s president, Elizabeth Flynn.
Carl Toney started his career as a medical corpsman in the Vietnam War. After graduating Duke University’s Physician Assistant Program in 1979, Toney worked clinically in Family Practice, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Toney has contributed significantly to the arena of public policy, serving multiple national committees and organizations to include the National Health Service Corps, Director of the Office on AIDS & Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention for the Maine Bureau of Health, the American Public Health Association and many others. Toney has also received numerous national awards and commendations for his work in bringing primary care to underserved and vulnerable populations. Since retiring in 2011 from the University of New England, where he served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Health Policy, Mr. Toney continues working as a consultant on social health and social justice projects.
Carl Toney is an inspiration to all physician assistant students at the outset of their careers; the Carl Toney Society will forever celebrate his achievements.
Mr. Turno is a first year physician assistant student at Boston University
To Learn More about the Carl Toney Society, please contact:
Mary Warner, PA-C – Program Director