PA Spotlight – Albert Simon, DHSc, MEd, PA-C

PA Spotlight – Albert Simon, DHSc, MEd, 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 Albert Simon, DHSc, MEd, PA-C

Albert Simon, DHSc, MEd, PA-C

Albert Simon, DHSc, MEd, PA-C

Dr. Simon is an accomplished and experienced health care educator and administrator, having served in leadership positions for three PA programs. Most recently, he is Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Director of the Program at A.T. Still University in Arizona, but has previously also served as program director at St. Francis University and Baylor College of Medicine. Additionally he has worked as a Physician Assistant in several fields and dedicated his career to public health and helping under-served communities by working with State Health Departments and federal hospital services. Dr. Simon has also had numerous publications, received several funded research and service grants and has served on various committees for both AAPA and PAEA.

Profile:

Birthplace: Wilkinsburg, PA

PA Program graduated from: Alderson Broaddus, in West Virginia 

Favorite Sports Team: Not a big sports fan 

Mentors who had an influence on you: “Founder of the PA program, Dr. Hugh Myers, he was just an amazing physician, so kind and empathetic; loved to teach, always took time with us students and tried to teach us as many life lessons and lessons about medicine”

Interesting fact: “I have a pretty expansive star trek memorabilia collection including a life size Captain Kirk I Keep in my office”

PA Interview Questions:

What are you most proud of from you career: “I have just really been so so lucky and proud to work with so many great faculty members and educators through the 3 PA programs I have worked with, they are just a great dedicated group of people, dedicated to students and the profession”

What advice would you give current PA students: “Best advice for a PA student is to really focus on their end goal and not lose what it was that made them go into the profession in the first place. They come in very compassionate, idealistic and passionate and I hope us in education don’t beat the compassion out of them; stay focused on that goal that brought them in the first place”

What book would you recommend every PA student should read: We require all of our students to read the Anatomy of Hope – Dr. Jerome Groopman

Where do you see our PA profession in another 50 years: “I hope that we are still the ones that patients prefer to turn to because we spend time with patients, we listen to their concerns, we answer their questions and I hope that PAs are still valuing their physical exam skills at that point”

Certified Medical Educators salutes Dr. Simon for being an incredible leader, teacher, and PA.

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