I started my career as a PA in Idaho after graduating from the Duke University PA Program in 1976. While practicing family medicine in Pocatello, I helped found the Idaho Academy of PAs, eventually serving as President. While I enjoyed rural medicine, I decided I wanted to see a little more of the world and joined the Active Army in 1982. During my subsequent twenty-eight year military career, I gained specialty training in aviation medicine, occupational medicine and combat trauma. I served in Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Towards the later part of my career, I was selected as the Senior Army PA, the PA Consultant to the Army Surgeon General where I was responsible for policy and personnel actions affecting PAs and Soldier health. During this assignment I also had the opportunity to serve as the DoD Representative to the NCCPA. I completed my Army career as Director of the Interservice PA Program.
Upon retiring to Port Angeles, I was pleased to take a part-time position serving as Lecturer to MEDEX. My focus has been on the master’s-level courses and the Public Health and Preventive Medicine focused study course, a carry-on with the areas I specialized in at the military PA program. I enjoy working with students on their capstone projects and advising during their clinical year. Hopefully I can help students appreciate both rural medicine and senior leadership opportunities within the profession.