PA Spotlight – Linda Sekhon, DHSc, PA-C

PA Spotlight – Linda Sekhon, DHSc, 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 Linda Sekhon, DHSc, PA-C.  Linda Sehkon                                                                                                                    Dr. Linda Sekhon is the founding chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at High Point University. Prior to which she has a long rich career in PA education for nearly 20 years. Her educational passion is fostering learning skills for students through clinical simulation experiences and has presented at national conferences  on how to incorporate simulation experience technology into PA curriculum. Clinically, her career has been equally diverse and rich having worked several years in internal medicine, endocrinology, oncology and rheumatology. Previously she has been awarded with the AAPA Feature in 2010, 2009 Leadership Excellence from AAPA, 2012 Michael J Habeck Lifetime achievement award from Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants and lastly the 2012 Paragon Publishing Award for her numerous contributions and publications to the profession. Dr. Sekhon serves on numerous professional committees at the state and national level. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and is the Chair of the Governance Commission for the Academy. She has also served as a delegate for the AAPA House of Delegates since 2005. She is a member of the PANDO Workshop Committee and is a Basic Skills Facilitator for new PA faculty for the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). She is a member of the Professional Development Review Panel and currently serves as Secretary for the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants.

Profile:

Birthplace: Indiana, PA

PA Program graduated from: Gannon University, Erie PA

Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Mentors who had an influence on you: Tom Lemley (PA), who identified things in me that others did not and continued to open doors and help shape my career beyond anything I could imagine.

Interesting fact:  ”I love scary horror films; I am a total sucker for them. My favorite horror film is The Shining, but I also love some of the older classics and love all the zombie flicks”

PA Interview Questions:

What are you most proud of from you career: “I am proud of the fact that I was a PA very early on, started in 1983, and so often I had to knock on doors and sell myself as a PA sell my profession and I am really proud that myself and others laid the groundwork for future PAs”

What advice would you give current PA students: “I would tell them to focus on where the profession has been and keep eye on where the profession is moving; it is important we educate students about the world as it is for tomorrow and try to get them involved in professional hot topics. To know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been and at the end of the day always remember it is not about us, but always about the patient”

Where do you see our PA profession in another 50 years: “I hope that we are still hold onto our values of who we are, especially since our profession is very proud of our roots and where we’ve been.  I hope in 50 years we are still collegial, who respects our beginnings as a profession, Lastly, it may be crazy but I hope you see PAs in legislature, on boards of medicine, PAs that are shaping healthcare and just given a seat at the table instead of having to ask for it”

Certified Medical Educators salutes Linda Sekhon for being an incredible leader, teacher, and PA.




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