PA Spotlight – Jill Cavalet, MHS, PA-C

PA Spotlight – Jill Cavalet, MHS, 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 Jill Cavalet, MHS, PA-C

Jill Cavalet, MHS, PA-C

Jill Cavalet, MHS, PA-C

Ms. Cavalet currently practices in the Behavioral Medicine Department at UPMC in Altoona, PA. In addition to being a dedicated PA in the field of behavioral medicine, she also is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Didactic Experience Coordinator at her alma mater, St. Francis University Physician Assistant Program. She is  well established and published author in the field of PA education and substance abuse and has also given numerous presentations over various behavioral health topics. When not dedicating her time to educating the next generation of PAs, Ms. Cavalet is working on her Doctorate of Health Science from the University Nova Southeastern University.


Birthplace: Altoona, PA

PA Program graduated from: St. Francis University 

Favorite Sports Team: Any team my daughters play on 

Mentors who had an influence on you: “First my parents. Then I would have to say Albert Simon, who was chair of the department when I was a student and I have continued to work with him in different capacities”

Interesting fact: “I was in a tornado as a child, in PA”

PA Interview Questions:

What are you most proud of from you career: “Just the ability to treat patients and mentor students”

What advice would you give current PA students: “Lay a good foundation of knowledge during didactic year because you will build upon that and apply it throughout your career. Lastly, follow the golden rule”

What book would you recommend every PA student should read: Anything that reinforces the humanistic side of medicine. I currently subscribe to and thoroughly enjoy the narratives, often using them for class.

Where do you see our PA profession in another 50 years: “I hope we are able to still fill a need in healthcare and maintain our high quality of care”

Certified Medical Educators salutes Ms. Cavalet for being an incredible leader, teacher, and PA.

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