Cortney Akins chose the DMSc because she wanted to remain competitive in her field, and also to maximize her education as a PA. “The PA profession is still on the rise, and we are being recognized as the providers we are,” she says. On Friday, June 26, she finished all the coursework required for her doctorate.
Dr. Akins co-supervises a healthcare team of 23 PAs and Nurse Practitioners at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She found her calling in pediatrics during her last clinical rotation as a PA student at Duke University. “I really connected with the families, and connected with the children. That really makes the job,” she adds. “I also have a natural affinity for children, which was helpful in the decision to work in pediatrics. I love caring for children and their families.”
Dr. Akins says she was very pleasantly surprised by the backgrounds and locations of the students in the DMSc, “They are literally all around the world and have outstanding levels of experience. I loved reading the bios and getting feedback from my DMSc colleagues. These PAs are making an impact on the world,” she adds.
When asked about a favorite course, Dr. Akin responded, “Health Law was significant to me. I learned so much information in a short period of time. In fact, all of the courses were significant and relevant to what we need to know as PAs.”