Karyn MacQueen, PA-C is the latest faculty member to join the University’s Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program. She brings more than a decade of clinical experience as a board-certified physician assistant to her new role as assistant professor.
Though this is her first faculty position, Ms. Macqueen
has long enjoyed teaching others. As a result, transitioning to more of an educational role seemed to be a natural fit for her.
“In my clinical positions I have had a chance to precept physician assistant students and work with residents and medical students,” she said. “I really enjoyed teaching the students on their clinical rotations, but my time with them was often limited, so I decided that I wanted to be a part of physician assistant education on a full-time basis.”
Ms. MacQueen earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her master’s in physician assistant studies from Arcadia University. She has served as a physician assistant at numerous hospitals and clinical facilities including: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Department of Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology, Old Faithful Clinic in Yellowstone National Park, Nazareth Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine and Riddle Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine.
She hopes to instill the same passion for the practice of being a PA in her students throughout their time at Salus.
“I like that physician assistants can work in any specialty and have the ability to change specialties throughout their career,” she said. “I just love medicine, how the body works, disease processes, and using my education and experience to solve challenging cases.”
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