Expert Insights from Program Leaders


Jan. 2, 2023

Season 3: Episode 57 -Reflections

Steph and I review the themes that arose from our conversations this past season and we look ahead to the future of the podcast with Season 4.

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Dec. 26, 2022

Season 3: Episode 56 - Dr. Matt Dane Baker and Thomas Jefferson Unive…

We speak with Dr. Matt Dane Baker, Interim Provost and long-standing PA leader with Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Baker talks with us about his path to becoming a PA, his military career, and his contributions to leadership as both a …

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Dec. 19, 2022

Season 3: Episode 55 - Dr. Calhoun and Duquesne University

We speak with Dr. Bridget Calhoun, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research at Duquesne University. Dr. Calhoun shares her path to becoming a transplant PA, an HIV researcher, and an academic and national leader.

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Dec. 12, 2022

Season 3: Episode 54 - Dr. Randy Danielsen and the Evolution of the P…

We speak with Dr. Randy Danielson from the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ about his path to becoming a PA, a PA educator and leader, and his role in developing the post-graduate doctoral …

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Dec. 5, 2022

Season 3: Episode 53 - PA Michel Statler and UT Southwestern PA Progr…

We speak with PA Michel Statler from the UT Southwestern PA Program about her path to becoming a surgical PA, her program, and about her perspective on the many aspects of the profession from her role as past-president for PAEA. …

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Nov. 28, 2022

Season 3: Episode 52 - Dr. Jed Grant and the University of the Pacific

We speak with Dr. Jed Grant about the University of the Pacific PA Program and about his service as an Army PA. We also talk about his service to the profession as the former Chair of the State of California …

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Nov. 22, 2022

Season 3: Episode 51 - Dr. Alfred Sadler and a book called ”PLUCK”

This special Thanksgiving week edition highlights a conversation with one of our founding father's, Dr. Alfred Sadler. We talk about the book he and his twin brother Blair Sadler wrote to highlight the Pluck they found in history while serving …

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Nov. 21, 2022

Season 3: Episode 50 - Dr. Sharon Luke and the ARC-PA

This week we celebrate our 50th episode by speaking with Dr. Sharon Luke, Executive Director of the Accreditation Review Commission on Physician Assistant Education, Inc. Dr. Luke shares her path to becoming a PA, a PA educator, a national leader, …

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Nov. 14, 2022

Season 3: Episode 49 - PA Carey Barry and Northeastern University

We speak with the Director and Department Chair for the Northeastern University PA Studies about her path to becoming a surgical PA and her program. PA Carey Barry talks about their dual degree options and the newly developed Doctor of …

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Nov. 7, 2022

Season 3: Episode 48 - PA Cindy Lord and the Case Western Reserve Uni…

We speak with PA Cindy Lord about the Case Western Reserve University PA Program. Cindy provides insights into the program, but also some great advice for pre-PA students on how to vet programs for their CASPA applications. We also talk …

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Oct. 31, 2022

Season 3: Episode 47 - Dr. Jeremy Welsh and the University of Lynchbu…

We speak with Dr. Jeremy Welsh about the University of Lynchburg PA program and their post graduate doctoral program. Dr. Welsh shares his unique path to becoming a PA and his path to higher education leadership.

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Oct. 24, 2022

Season 3: Episode 46 - Campbell University and Ms. Laura Gerstner

We speak with Ms. Laura Gerstner, Associate Program Director with Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina about her path to becoming a PA, her program, and her state and national leadership.

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Oct. 17, 2022

Season 3: Episode 45 - Point Loma Nazarene University PA Program and …

This week we speak with Dr. Dana Sayre-Stanhope, Professor and Department Chair for the Point Loma Nazarene University Department of PA Studies. Dr. Sayre-Stanhope shares her vision for the San Diego program and she describes her own path to the …

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Oct. 10, 2022

Season 3: Episode 44 - An Interview with Josef Burwell, MS, PA-C

In honor of National Coming Out Day and National PA Week we speak with Josef Burwell, MS, PA-C about his path to becoming a PA, his mission work around the world, and his transition to becoming a male while working …

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Oct. 3, 2022

Season 3: Episode 43 - Morehouse School of Medicine PA Program

In our first episode back from break we speak with Dr. Pangela Dawson about her path to becoming a PA and about the Morehouse School of Medicine PA Program. We also speak about racial justice and leadership approaches to difficult …

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Oct. 3, 2022

Season 2: Episode 42 - Season 2 Reflections

Steph and Kevin reflect on the lessons learned in Season 2 and give a brief glimpse of Season 3.

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June 13, 2022

Season 2: Episode 41- Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medi…

We speak with Dr. Elana Min and Mr. Sam Ritchey who provide their time and valuable insights about the ideal applicant for their hybrid PBL PA program in Chicago. We also speak about PAs in education and Dr. Min's passion …

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June 1, 2022

Season 2: Episode 40 - Dr. Meredith Davison and the OU-Tulsa PA Progr…

We speak with Dr. Davison about her numerous contributions to the PA profession as a PhD, a Program Director, a Founder of the OU-Tulsa PA program, and as a researcher and accreditation expert. We also talk about the impact and …

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May 23, 2022

Season 2: Episode 39 -Karen Hills, MS, PA-C Chief of Educational Deve…

We speak with Ms. Karen Hills, MS, PA-C; Chief of Educational Development for PAEA about her path to becoming a PA, her various roles in the profession, and about some of the trends in PA education.

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May 16, 2022

Season 2: Episode 38-Dr.Brian Lauf and the University of Nevada Reno …

We speak with Dr. Brian Lauf about the developing program at the University of Nevada-Reno. We learn about his path to becoming a PA and about his unique background in the profession. We also discuss the changes taking place nationally …

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May 9, 2022

Season 2: Episode 37 -Dr. Kevin Schuer and the University of Kentucky

We speak with Dr. Kevin Schuer from the University of Kentucky about his path to becoming a PA, about the University of Kentucky PA Department; and about his career as a professional musician with a band called The Schuers. The …

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May 2, 2022

Season 2: Episode 36 - An Author and a PA

We speak with Dr. Justine Strand de Oliveira, former PAEA President and Division Chief for Duke University's PA program about her path to becoming a PA; her state, national, and international leadership roles; and her new journey as a fiction …

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April 25, 2022

Season 2: Episode 35 - Advocacy and PAEA

This week we speak with Tyler Smith, MPH, Senior Director for Government Relations with the Physician Assistant Education Association. Tyler and I speak about student involvement in advocacy, the National Health Service Corps, and other key issues PAEA i...

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April 5, 2022

Season 2: Episode 34 - PAs in Urology

Today we speak with Dr. Daniel Park, Director of the Keck Medicine Urology Fellowship for PAs. Dan and I talk about the pros and cons of a post-graduate fellowship, his doctoral degree, and his leadership.

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