PA Spotlight – Dr. Michael J. Huckabee, PhD, MPAS, PA-C

PA Spotlight – Dr. Michael J. Huckabee, PhD, MPAS, PA-C

This year, in celebration of our PA professions 50th anniversary, Certified Medical Educators would like to honor 50 exceptional PAs for their professional accomplishments, passion, and dedication. It is with great excitement that we spotlight Dr. Michael J Huckabee, PhD, MPAS, PA-C

Michael J. Huckabee, PhD, MPAS, PA-C

Michael J. Huckabee, PhD, MPAS, PA-C


Dr. Huckabee is currently the Director of the Physician Assistant Program in the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) School of Allied Health Professions and editor for abstracts and brief reports for the Journal of Physician Assistant Education (PAEA). He is passionate about primary care and has recently obtained two federal grants nearing $2 million for PA education, all to support preparing PAs for primary care. Dr. Huckabee has served as president of the Iowa Physician Assistant Society and three terms on the AAPA Education Council.  Clinically he has worked as a Physician Assistant mainly in rural family medicine and pediatrics.  Dr. Huckabee enjoys writing and has published two works of fiction.  He has received numerous awards including Teacher of the Year. However, his greatest accomplishment is his loving family, including his wife Nancy, and their four children: Tyler, Tanner, Baily, and Emily.


Birthplace: Burley, Idaho

PA Program graduated from: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Favorite Sports Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Mentors who had an influence on you: Bill Schnik, High School Band Director

Interesting fact: Mike is an avid Marvel comic book collector from the 1970s, his favorite comic book series is Luke Cage

PA Interview Questions:

What are you most proud of from you career: ”Having been able to be in a variety of specialties over my career.  It speaks to our training as primary care PAs and the opportunity to move across disciplines in medicine and education has really been great”

What advice would you give current PA students: “Your character is more important than your smarts”

Where do you see our PA profession in another 50 years: “Leading interprofessional health care teams”

Certified Medical Educators salutes Michael Huckabee for being an incredible leader, teacher, and PA.


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