Program Directors 101 Pando Workshop


“As a ‘new’ program director of 7 months, I wish I had attended the [Program Directors 101 Pando workshop] earlier. This program clarified many challenging concepts. The discussions between faculty and the attendees continue to be helpful to me.”
Russel Coutinho, MD, Program Director, Indiana State University, Class of 2014

What Is The Program Directors 101 Pando Workshop?

The Program Directors 101 Pando workshop is a combination of didactic lectures and small-group, interactive workshops that provide instruction on the administrative and educational skills essential for new program directors.

Our team of experienced PA educators, administrators, and industry experts provide mentoring and help participants build networking opportunities. The five-day retreat format allows participants to immerse themselves in the curriculum without the daily distractions of PA education. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from ARC-PA leadership and engage in an evening of open dialogue with PAEA leadership.

The Program Directors 101 Pando workshop is designed for program directors and associate directors with less than two years in their position or less than five years in PA education.

AAPA Category 1 CME LogoThe workshop is approved for 26.25 hours of Category 1 CME by AAPA.

“The [Program Directors 101 Pando workshop] was a week filled with must-have information for anyone who is new in the role of PD or interested in becoming a PD in the near future.”

More than 20 topics pertinent to program directors will be presented, including:

  • Accreditation and ARC-PA
  • Accreditation: peer to peer strategies for provisional pathway and accreditation maintenance
  • Advocacy: the importance of messaging the profession
  • Clinical sites strategies for provisional and established programs
  • Curriculum development and revision
  • Enrollment management
  • Faculty recruitment and retention
  • Financial management: budget and resources
  • Interpersonal conflict in the workplace
  • Interprofessional education: where does it fit into your program curriculum?
  • Leadership and self-assessment
  • Legal issues in higher education
  • Principles of adult learning
  • Program evaluation and outcomes assessment
  • Remediation
  • Role of the program director in higher education and health care education
  • Setting priorities
  • Strategic planning: vision, mission, goals, and strategy
  • Student issues
  • Time management: the art of maintaining productivity and life balance
  • Unconscious bias


Download the detailed schedule of events (PDF)

Workshop Facilitators

“The facilitators brought a wealth of knowledge and experience as leaders and mentors of professional development from a variety of backgrounds.”

Project Co-Leaders

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Patrick Auth, PhD, PA-C
Clinical Professor and Department Chair Drexel University

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Rachel Carlson, EdD, MSBS, PA-C
Program Director
Shenandoah University

Sandra Banas

Sandra Banas, MST, PA-C
Program Director
SUNY Upstate Medical Center

John Burns

John Burns, MMSc, PA-C
Department Chair/Program Director
South University

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Meredith Davison, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean
University of Oklahoma

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Jeanie McHugo, PhD, PA-C
Chair, Department of PA Studies
University of North Dakota

Robert Philbot

Robert Philpot, PhD, PA-C
Professor and Chairman
Physician Assistant Studies
Mississippi College

Michael Roscoe

Michael Roscoe, PhD, PA-C
Program Director/Chair
University of Evansville

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Lisa Walker, PA-C, MPAS
Program Director and Clinical Associate Professor
MGH Institute of Health Professions

Joan Ward

Joan Ward, MS, PA-C
Program Director/Chair
University of the Sciences Philadelphia

Registration Fees and Payments

Registration includes:

  • Hotel accommodations for five nights (checking in Thursday, July 28 and checking out Monday, August 1, 2016)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks each day

Attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

PAEA Member Registration Fee
Early bird (before June 20): $2,900
Regular: $3,000

PAEA Non-Member Registration Fee
Early bird (before June 20): $3,050
Regular: $3,150

Payment can be made by credit card or check. Full payment must be received to confirm your registration.

Mail checks to:

Physician Assistant Education Association
Attention: Renata Casiel, Meetings
655 K Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001

For any questions or concerns, contact

Please note, if paying by check, your registration will be held for 10 business days. If the check is not received, your registration will not be confirmed.

Refunds/Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests processed before July 13, 2015 will receive a full refund less a $100 administrative fee. Requests submitted after July 13 will not receive a refund. No shows will be charged the full registration amount. Refunds/cancellations must be requested by the attendee through the registration site using the attendee’s confirmation number. An email will be sent to confirm the request.

“The [Program Directors 101 Pando workshop] was a fantastic experience and a wonderful welcome to the administrative ranks of PA education.”