PA of the Year
DMSc student Alison Garcia, PA-C was named PA of the Year by New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.
PA Garcia has been a PA for 10 years, with a primary specialty in neurosurgery and stroke intervention at NY Presbyterian Brooklyn Hospital. She is now the Senior PA and assists with all new hire training. PA Garcia also works per diem at NYU Langone Brooklyn, covering the subspecialties of Urology, ENT, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Trauma. Before and during COVID, she provided cross coverage at NYP for all surgical subspecialties and intensive care, working 6 days per week, 12-13 hours per day.
Due to her passion for Global Health issues, during this incredibly demanding time she has also maintained her position as the Opportunities Chair for the Physician Assistants for Global Health (PAGH), keeping in contact with others about Global Health and medical mission opportunities for PAs. PA Garcia is also part of an International Educators group working to find a means to standardize mid-level practitioner training, and also to unite PAs and their equivalents around the world (IAPAE).
PA Garcia serves as the elective surgical rotation preceptor for PA Students for Weill Cornell PA Program, and she is an adjunct professor for the PA program at Seton Hall University.
This past summer, JAAPA notified her of their decision to publish her first manuscript on “The Evaluation of the Returning Traveler with Fever and Neurological Symptoms,” to be published in the next 6-12 months. She was also recently invited to become a member of the AAPA House of Delegates by the PAGH President.
She says, “I have been doing all of this while being engaged in the DMSc program and completing multiple graduate certificates. At this time, I’ve completed the Global Health/Disaster Medicine Certificate (before the certificate was restructured), the PA Education Certificate, and this semester will be completing the Health Administration Certificate.” She has a goal of completing the DMSc in 2021, along with the Public Health Certificate.
PA Garcia is committed to the PA profession. “I believe in our work, I truly believe in our profession, and I strive to provide others the knowledge on the value of our profession while inspiring new PAs to take the passion of medicine to the next level. I am thankful for the support my colleagues have given me, and the extra support that members of the DMSc — Dr. Watkins, Dr. Archambault, Dr. Davenport, Emily Caldwell, and many others have provided.”