PA Spotlight – Lane Bower, MHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

PA Spotlight – Lane Bower, MHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

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 Lane Bower, MHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Lane Bower, MHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Lane Bower, MHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Ms. Bower currently serves as Assistant Professor at Lock Haven University, where she has dedicated the past decade of her career to educating future PAs. Prior to which she has practiced in a variety of specialties including emergency medicine, gynecology and general surgery. Ms. Bower however has been in PA education for over 35 years and considers it her passion and calling. Preceding her career as a PA, she worked as an OR tech for several years in New Jersey. Based upon her dedication to PA education and profession, Ms. Bower has been awarded the 2014 Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants, AAPA House of Delegates Outstanding Service Award in 2016 and Distinguished Fellow Award from the AAPA in 2009.

Profile:

Birthplace: Williamsport,PA

PA Program graduated from: Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, now known as Drexel University 

Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Mentors who had an influence on you: “When I was an OR tech and as student, the head of our group was a nurse, major in air force, said to us, when you get to a point and do everything the same and not really getting raises and done everything you can do, get the hell out” and that’s helped push me towards PA school. Additionally, later on in my career as an OR tech, there was a Surgeon at the hospital in NJ, whom would take PA students from Rutgers. We were doing a case one day and he said to me, “Lane you should go and be one of them” and he also really encouraged me and pushed me to apply for PA school. Lastly, my advisor, mentor and teacher at school, whom I emulate, Earl Fraley. He would always say, you  have to do it right or have to take care of the patient”

Interesting fact: “I was a carhop as a kid, and that was my first real interaction with other people”

PA Interview Questions:

What are you most proud of from you career: “I think, part of it is becoming a PA, as it took me three years because I had an injury and had to start over, having that don’t give up attitude and being around when there were less than 2,000 PAs and watching how we’ve grown and going from no one knowing what we are to here people recognizing and acknowledging us I think I am really proud of that. Certainly being involved in a lot of activities and teaching students”

What advice would you give current PA students: “I think that depends, but I think there has been a lot of changes and there are going to be a lot more.  You are the future, get involved in the profession. Don’t ever give up, its going to be tough, its going to be hard but don’t give up and every now and then step back and breathe, its going to be alright”

What book would you recommend every PA student should read: Boards and Wards – Carlos Ayala, M and Brad Spellburg, MD

Where do you see our PA profession in another 50 years: “Being more autonomous, not necessarily individually but having patient centered care and team approach to medicine. Having fewer insurance or legislative issues.  Additionally I would like everyone to know about PAs, know what we do, and be a household name”

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

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