Lawrence (Larry) Herman, PA-C, DMSc student, class of 2020, has had a multifaceted and distinguished PA career for 30 years. His path has taken him from the busiest, inner-city trauma center in New York City to the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) to PA programs across the southern United States. Wherever he has worked, he has risen to a leadership position: first serving as the head of Emergency Medicine APPs at St. Vincent/Catholic Medical Center and then as Director of Clinical Education and Program Director at NYIT. PA Herman was recruited to be Program Director and Dean in North Carolina, and subsequently a program in Texas.
PA Herman taught pharmacology for 16 years, but he was first an Emergency Medicine and a Family Practice PA. He has held national leadership positions, being a past president of the American Academy of PA, as well as a Distinguished Fellow with AAPA.
Several years ago, PA Herman began a consulting career on a full-time basis in South Carolina, assisting PA programs with issues of accreditation and compliance. More recently, his main consulting focus has been working with Medical Education Companies (MECs), developing needs assessment and writing curricular outlines, and applying for grants based on particular disease states, such as vaccines, cardiovascular risk reduction and cancer prevention strategies. In this arena, one of his roles has been to moderate and serve as a content expert for continuing medical education (CME).
PA Herman frequently serves as a CME moderator for a number of MECs providing programs for organizations including Primed (Boston and Philadelphia) and the AAPA. In the recent past, this role required frequent travel; however, with the shift to online platforms nation-wide, PA Herman has been working diligently to revise and rewrite crucial grants to maximize compatibility with online platforms. He says, “I had grown accustomed to presenting at a lectern to audiences of 500-1000 PAs; but given the current situation I am working on developing innovative ways to keep our audiences engaged, using the technology that is available now.” PA Herman is no stranger to technology — he has been involved in developing podcasts for Primed, primarily designed for physicians, NPs, and PAs, involving panels of experts and moderators.
His grant writing expertise has contributed over the years to the process and protocol for development of dozens of CME programs primarily focused upon public health issues: essential vaccines for pneumonia vaccination for individuals over 65 years of age, HPV, and the influenza vaccine.
Of his experience in the DMSc program, he says he found the program challenging and incredibly worthwhile, and enjoyed the research portion of the courses the most. What he finds perhaps most intriguing about the program, faculty and especially his colleagues are how each and every single one has adapted to the current crises. He is proud of how colleagues have responded to the COVID-19 crisis. To borrow a colleague’s expression, “PAs are the stem cells of medicine. They adapt, they grow, and go wherever is necessary. They respond, fill the void, and fix things.” That is whyPAs – regardless of their specialty – are so valuable during the COVID-19 outbreak, he says. The family practice PA can adapt and do telemedicine or fill-in in the Emergency Department. The cardiothoracic PA is certainly comfortable outside the OR and managing the medical ICU. He says that PAs are, without a doubt, the most adaptable healthcare providers during these unprecedented times.