Patricia J. Kelly, PhD, MMSc, PA-C joined the ARC-PA August 1, 2016 as an Assistant Director. Prior to joining the ARC-PA, she was the Dept Chair/founding Program Director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Physician Assistant Program from 2011-2016. Dr. Kelly is a graduate of the Emory University PA Program and taught as a guest lecturer while practicing in internal medicine before returning to be an educator full-time. She served as the Academic Coordinator and then the Associate Director for the Mercer University PA Program from 2006-2011 which was another developing program. Trish received her PhD in Educational Leadership from Mercer University and has published numerous articles and textbook chapters. She has also presented multiple topics in PA education nationally and served as a feature editor for the JPAE. Dr. Kelly serves as a member of the Faculty Development Council for the Physician Assistant Education Association.
Melissa Coffman, Ed.D., PA-C began working with the ARC-PA as an Assistant Director on August 1, 2016. Ms. Coffman has been volunteering as a site visitor since 2014. She previously served as the Program Director at the Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale PA Program from 2008-2016. She joined NSU in 2004 and has held many positions including faculty, course director, Assistant Clinical Director, and Assistant Director / Associate Chair. Prior to joining NSU, Dr. Coffman was affiliated with Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital’s Physician Assistant Program in New York City.
In May 2013, Melissa obtained her Doctorate of Education from the Nova Southeastern University Abraham S. Fischler School of Education. Her degree focus was Health Care Education and Curriculum Development. Melissa is the current President of the Nu Sigma Upsilon Chapter of the Alpha Eta Society. She has been an active participant on the NSU Council on Continuing Medical Education, delivered a number of presentations at the PAEA Education Forums, and published Physical Diagnosis Lab Manual with a fellow faculty member.
The ARC-PA presentation given at PAEA’s October 2016 educational forum can be found here. The session provided guidance to programs completing application materials and preparing for an accreditation site visit.
A comprehensive ARC-PA workshop on accreditation will be held Sunday, June 11 – Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, in Cleveland, Ohio. More details will be posted on this web site as they become available.
Please note that the ARC-PA office will be closed on Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day. The office will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 11th. Please be reminded that many topics and materials that may be of help to you are provided on our web site: www.arc-pa.org.