As Adrienne Kramer, PA, finishes her last term of the DMSc program, she’s also completing a one-year assignment in Kuwait, serving as the Area Support Group-Kuwait (ASG-KU) Deputy Command Surgeon. “The program has worked perfectly for me. I have been dedicating my extra time to completing doctoral coursework, instead of focusing on missing my family back home. I was thrilled with the fact that the program can be completed in one year.”
The year away from home was a deciding factor in her enrolling in the program, but she has found that the program also rekindled interest in publishing in journals: “Publishing is one of the things you know you should do, but other responsibilities often take priority. Faculty has been exceptional and have supported me all along the way. A particular standout has been Dr. Nancy Reid, my advisor,” she adds.
During her day to day life, PA Kramer wears a couple of hats. In addition to serving as the ASG-KU Deputy Command Surgeon, she manages the U.S. Army Health Clinic-Kuwait at Camp Arifjan. With nearly 14 years of active duty service under her belt, PA Kramer advises the installation Commander on all health-related interests – planning, monitoring, and implementing Force Health Protection measures like epidemic response. She says, “It was truly a unique and interesting situation – how the coursework fit in with the current COVID-19 pandemic.” In this role, she is the Tricare POC for Kuwait and the liaison between U.S. forces and Host Nation partners facilitating key leader engagements and interoperability. “The DMSc’s Health Administration Track fits right in line with my duties running the clinic, and in my role serving as liaison between the multiple medical commands, and tracking trends in the current COVID-19 outbreak.”
She was drawn to a career in medicine from an early age, and the Army has always been a part of her life. “My father was in the Army, and my mother also for a brief time. We lived in Fayetteville, and it was a natural progression for me.” PA Kramer attended Methodist College (now University) in her hometown, to help her family after the death of her father. “I took advantage of the Health Professional Loan Repayment Program offered by the military, but instead of utilizing the inactive years, all of mine have been active.” PA Kramer states that the opportunities offered to her by her service in the Army have been wonderful. “I have served as program manager of the Army’s Interservice PA Program (IPAP), and now I run a clinic. And my husband has been incredibly supportive, and our kids are doing great.”
She also serves as liaison between multiple medical commands in Kuwait and the base commander.
She says her favorite course was Healthcare Law with Dr. Cohen, “This course renewed my interest in law and legal issues of healthcare administration, and again, fits right in with my goals.” PA Kramer has her eye on her next assignment – being an Assignment Officer for Human Resources Command, which involves management of Army PAs serving across the world. “That is where my natural talents lie, and what I love to do –serving in administration, developing big-picture, strategic outlook.”