PA Spotlight – Christine Bruce, MHSA, PA-C

PA Spotlight – Christine Bruce, MHSA, 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 Christine Bruce, MHSA, PA-C

Christine Bruce, MHSA, PA-C

Christine Bruce, MHSA, PA-C

Christine Bruce is the Director of the Department of Physician Assistant Program at Penn State College of Medicine. Prior to her work with Penn State, she helped initiate and develop the Physician Assistant Program at DeSales University. She has severed on several boards and committees at Hershey Medical Center and Penn State and works currently in General Internal Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. Additionally, she is devoted to research in PA education and has received HRSA grant funding to enhance primary care training. She has served on numerous boards and committees for both PAEA and AAPA, presented at numerous national conferences and is well published and recognized for her work in PA education.


Birthplace: Altoonsa, PA

PA Program graduated from: St. Francis University Physician Assistant Program

Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins 

Mentors who had an influence on you: “Bert Simon. He became program director during my professional phase. He was a very young PA and hadn’t been faculty or practicing long and just got put in position where he became the program director long before he anticipated and he has influenced so many PAs to go into faculty roles”

Interesting fact: “I have made 49 free throws in a row… I played in college at St. Francis”
Book you’d recommend PA students to read: Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand

PA Interview Questions:

What are you most proud of from you career: “Probably the ability to give students a chance to fulfill their dreams. The program I’m affiliated with self-discloses a disadvantage, and I love that we give students a chance outside of just grades”

What advice would you give current PA students: “Never lose sight of why you wanted to become a PA, keep that goal of wanting to make a difference in patient’s lives”

Where do you see our PA profession in another 50 years: “I hope that we are respected by our patients and that we continue to attract people who will work with under-served populations”

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


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