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.