DMSc graduate Jacob Nwosu, DMSc ’20, PA-C, has seen an increase in mental health issues during COVID. “Our practice has gone mostly telehealth, whenever possible. At first, this was challenging, given our patient population and the types of services we offer, but we have adapted, because that’s what PAs do,” he reflected.
Dr. Nwosu practices clinically in psychiatry and substance abuse at a facility near Philadelphia. He says that the clinic plans to open back up soon for drug screening and other functions. He notes that in addition to an upswing in mental health crises, there have also been more domestic violence cases, “Our clinic has adapted to the situation, we are good at overcoming challenges — but I very much look forward to seeing my patients in person again.”
For many years, Dr. Nwosu has spent December and January in Nigeria distributing 1,000+ backpacks filled with supplies to young children in need. He has also coordinated a national Nigerian dance competition for contestants aged 14-20 years. The event has grown steadily in popularity, with some contestants going on to professional careers in dance. “Humanitarian work is an integral part of my life; I love doing it,” he explained. This year, travel plans are questionable, but he says the work can continue without him being present, ‘We have been doing this for years, and the events will still happen. I will return another time.”