BIPOC Faculty Development

As Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) PA educators, we strive daily to create brave spaces and safe spaces for our students. Our goal every day is to support them to be all they want to become and all that we envision they can become as clinicians. But where do we go for support when our cups overflow and our plates are full?

The BIPOC Faculty Development webpage has been created with us at heart. We have created a space where BIPOC PA educators can not only find resources to support our professional growth but also resources to nurture our spirits. It is our hope that BIPOC PA educators and those who are currently practicing but considering making the transition from the clinic to the classroom will find this space to be inspiring and that it creates a sense of belonging.

Health Educator Webinar Series

This series was developed through hard work and incredible vision by Professor Andrea McKinnond, MMS, PA-C, and Dr. Artina Dawkins. Ms. McKinnond, in particular, has created much of this content and curriculum, and we are grateful to both her and Dr. Dawkins for what we already know is going to be a game-changer in helping our colleagues transition from clinical practice to education.

Andrea McKinnond, MMS, PA-C

Assistant Professor Wake Forest PA Studies Program

Professor Andrea McKinnond, MMS, PA-C, is an assistant professor with the Wake Forest PA Studies Program. She has completed a surgical fellowship in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where she continues to practice. Professor McKinnond has lectured on several topics and has been an advocate for the inclusion of DEI in the curriculum at Wake Forest and models for her students and colleagues what it means to be a JEDI warrior. She currently serves as a co-chair for the DEI committee with the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. What you will bear witness to during the 4 sessions of this webinar series is the JEDI warriors’ vision for increasing diversity in front of the classroom as she believes that representation matters. 

Artina Dawkins, PhD, MPA

Program Manager Wake Forest/Atrium Health Orthopedic Residency Program

Artina Dawkins, PhD, MPA, C-TAGME, earned her PhD in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University in May 2018. Dr. Dawkins is currently the program manager for the orthopedic residency program at Wake Forest/Atrium Health. During the course of her career, Dr. Dawkins served as a member of the Diversity Celebrations Committee, Chair of the Residency and Fellowship Administrators, and a voting member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee. Dr. Dawkins is an affiliate faculty member of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity and the founder and director of the Kennedy Hopkins Scholars Mentor Program, which was created to facilitate mentoring opportunities for underrepresented minority trainees at Wake Forest Baptist. On a national level, Dr. Dawkins serves on the board of the Association of Residency Coordinators in Orthopedic Surgery and is the first African American female to hold the post of president of the association. Dr. Dawkins is committed to advancing mentorship, research, and collaborative relationships to increase diversity and a more culturally competent and inclusive workforce. 

Session 1 Recap – Expanding the Definition of a Healthcare Educator

Catch up on the video of this session as our speakers identify the various roles a healthcare educator can hold, describe the current state of healthcare education, and discuss the need for URM practitioners to enter healthcare education

Session 2 Recap – You, The Preceptor: Teaching Effectively at the Bedside

This webinar details the awesome responsibilities of the preceptor and how to have realistic expectations for the PA students that are rotating with you. Listen to general tips for success and common pitfalls from a panel of PAs who have served as preceptors and are joining us from all over the U.S.

Session 3 Recap – You, The Guest Lecturer: From the Clinic to the Classroom

In the 3rd installment of our 4 part series, hear the basic principles of learner-centric instruction. A panel of PA guest lecturers who have served at PA programs all over the U.S. answer questions about the path to becoming a guest lecturer.

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