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East Carolina University: Expecting the Unexpected in PA Education

“If I was giving advice to someone new to clinical education, I would say the more organized you can possibly be, the better – and to be prepared literally for anything to happen next. When you have a plan A, also have a plan B, and consider a plan C so that you’re always prepared.” Kim Stokes, program director and chair at Elon University School of Health Sciences*   In 2020, PA students across the country were abruptly displaced from clinical sites due to…

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Corinne Feldman

USC: Narrowing the Digital Divide

While California’s Safer at Home order was effective at curbing the spread of Covid-19, it exposed the breadth and depth of the digital divide between those who have access to reliable internet and feel comfortable engaging with technology, and those who do not. This issue especially impacted older adults, many of whom were isolated from their loved ones and the activities that enriched their lives on a daily basis.   The University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine acted quickly to combat the negative health…

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I’ve never seen as much unity in PA education as I’ve seen during the pandemic. We were able to really help each other in ways we had never done before.

Kim Stokes, DMSc, PA-C , Program Director, Elon University
Corinne Feldman

USC: Rethinking Health Disparities

“If you want to change how medicine is provided, you have to change how it’s taught.” Corinne Feldman, MMS, PA-C, University of Southern California Primary Care PA program director of didactic education The University of Southern California Primary Care PA program is transforming health equity training. In this video, Corinne Feldman shares two unique programs designed to teach students how social determinants can shape our health and how to better understand health disparities within a…

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Gannon University: Reimagining the Clinical Year During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted PA education, particularly clinical education. Kim Cavanagh, DHSc, PA-C, associate professor and chair of the Physician Assistant Department at Gannon University, shares how her program developed individualized student clinical experience plans to ensure each student met their required outcomes. Despite the pause in their clinical education, students’ ongoing desire and additional commitment to offering exceptional patient care became more apparent than ever. From virtual case resources to simulated patient experiences,…

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Skylar Stewart-Clark

The COVID-19 pandemic forced programs to quickly shift the structure of their courses from in-person to remote instruction. Rapidly changing circumstances made it difficult to know whether students would attend classes in person or remotely, or transition part way through a semester. Skylar Stewart-Clark, PhD, PA-C, assistant professor at the Charleston Southern University Physician Assistant Program, was prepared. Stewart-Clark created “procedures kits” to help students in her Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Methods…

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Students at Baylor College of Medicine using the online radiology curriculum

Baylor and CSUMB: Radiology Made Easy

Wondering how to teach students to navigate the mysterious and complex world of diagnostic imaging in a way that is easy to comprehend and engaging? An online simulation education program offered by the American College of Radiology—free of charge—could be just what you’ve been looking for. This innovation was the idea of Stanford professor, Marc Willis, DO, MMM, after he noticed significant gaps in medical education curricula regarding…

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