Please note that the ARC-PA office will be closed Friday, December 23rd through Monday January 2nd in observance of the holidays. The office will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 3rd. 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.
Please note that the ARC-PA office will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The office will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 28th. 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.
Please note that the ARC-PA office will be closed on Friday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. The office will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 14th. 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.
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.