PAEA’s Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Jarmin has accepted a new position as administrative officer at the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG), in Bethesda, Maryland. Her last day at PAEA will be Friday, January 6.
Jennifer leaves PAEA after more than 10 years of dedicated service, including for the past few years as chief operating officer. Many members will likely remember her best from her roles at the Education Forum, first as meetings coordinator and then as director of meetings. Jennifer introduced countless refinements to the Forum over the years, oversaw a new era of more coordinated activity among PAEA’s councils and committees, and helped PAEA develop the more rigorous administrative structure required of a growing organization during a time of explosive growth for the Association.
“Jennifer’s accomplishments have been numerous and her warmth contagious,” said CEO Timi Agar Barwick. “She will be greatly missed.”
ABMGG is a growing organization that “certifies individuals and accredits training programs in the field of human genetics.”
Christine Bruce, PA-C, program director at the Penn State College of Medicine PA Program, has been appointed as faculty at Harvard Medical School’s Josiah Macy Institute, where she will be teaching in the Program for Educators in the Health Professions. The goal of the program is to enhance the professional development of physicians, basic scientists, and other health care professionals as educators. Bruce completed the program herself last year, and was then selected to join the faculty for the upcoming session. The two-week program in January, followed by a weeklong meeting in May, enrolls nearly 100 health profession educators from around the world. Attendees will focus on six major themes: teaching & learning, curriculum, evaluation, leadership, educational research, and information technology.
Reamer Bushardt, PharmD, PA-C, has joined George Washington University as senior associate dean for health sciences, in which capacity he will oversee the university’s Department of PA Studies, among others. He will also serve as a professor in the departments of medicine and PA studies. Most recently, Bushardt was the program director and chair of the Wake Forest University PA Program. He continues to serve as editor in chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
At Wake Forest, Suzanne Reich, MPAS, PA-C, associate professor in the department of PA studies, will take over as program director. She also serves on the PA Foundation’s board of directors. Additionally, L. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, associate professor and executive vice chair in the department PA studies, will serve as the interim department chair. Curtis is president elect of AAPA.
Do you know of major moves or milestones for your colleagues that should be celebrated by the PA education community? Send them to Meredith Wise at mwise@PAEAonline.org.