PA Spotlight – Paula Phelps, MHE, PA-C

PA Spotlight – Paula Phelps, MHE, 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 Paula Phelps, MHE, PA-C

Paula Phelps, MHE, PA-C

Paula Phelps, MHE, PA-C

Paula Phelps is the Director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the Idaho State University Physician Assistant Program. Paula graduated from the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program in 1995 and completed her Master’s in Health Education at Idaho State University in 2000. Her clinical experience is in Family Practice & OB/GYN. She most recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Spanish for for Health Professions. Her passion is serving under-served and rural communities both domestically and internationally through medical mission trips.


Birthplace: Cleveland, OH

PA Program graduated from: University of Utah Physician Assistant Program

Favorite Sports Team: Idaho does not have any professional sports teams, so I’d go for any of the teams in my neighboring state, either Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers or the Cleveland Indians 

Mentors who had an influence on you: “Walter Stein, he is the one who convinced me I should go into teaching and PA education, I never thought I would be an educator, I went into PA school to be a clinician and being an educator ended up being my passion”

Interesting fact: “I have run 13 marathons and have just completed the El Camino de Santiago, the Primintzo route in Spain just recently”
Book you’d recommend PA students to read: Mindfulness for Beginners – Jon Kabat-Zinn

PA Interview Questions:

What are you most proud of from you career: “For 22 years I have worked for Idaho State and in those 22 years I am proud I have had the opportunity to build this program as well as serve patients in rural areas and do medical mission trips”

What advice would you give current PA students: “To remember patients as the reason for everything we do”

Where do you see our PA profession in another 50 years: “That we stop talking about under served populations because its all taken care of, health disparities are no longer an issue because everyone has equal access”

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


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