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Bill Bryson, MMSc, PA-C

Instructor and Academic Coordinator - part time




THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Administration Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Graduated with Distinction: May, 1996.

EMORY UNIVERSITY School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program Master of Medical Science  Graduated with Highest Honors:  December, 2003

 Clinical Experience

Physician Assistant, Emory Healthcare - The Emory Clinic Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (June, 2004-July, 2007)

Department of General Internal Medicine (July, 2007-present) 

Research Project Coordinator, Duke University Medical Center Department of Medicine, Smoking Research Laboratory (August, 2000-July, 2001) 

Emergency Medical Technician, Orange County Emergency Medical Services (October, 1999-July, 2001) 

Health Sciences Research Assistant, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center Institute for Medical Research, Smoking Research Laboratory  (December, 1999-August, 2000)


Physician Assistant - Certified - National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Physician Assistant - Licensed - State of Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners

Fellow, American Academy of Physician Assistants

Member, Georgia Association of Physician Assistants


Course Director and Lecturer, Health Promotion Disease Prevention

Lecturer and Academic Tutor, Introduction to Clinical Medicine

Lecturer and Academic Tutor, Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine

Lab Instructor, Introduction and Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine Laboratories

Lecturer, Clinical & Diagnostic Methods

Lecturer, Pharmacotherapeutics


Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine:

            Approach to the Genitourinary Patient

            Approach to the Gastrointestinal Patient

            Diabetes Mellitus

            Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus


Clinical & Diagnostic Medicine:

            Introduction to Routine Screening Laboratory Testing


            Treatment and Prevention of Migraine Headaches

Health Promotion Disease Prevention:

            Introduction to Health Promotion Disease Prevention

            Screening in Primary Care – A Tool for Health Promotion Disease   Prevention

            Health Risk Assessment and Clinical Behavioral Change


            Heat Injury – South Georgia Farmworker Health Project

Board Review:

            ABCs of the Asymptomatic Patient

            The PANCE - Preparation and Review

            Cardiovascular Board Review

            Team-Based Learning: Challenge Bowl Board Reviews (3) 


American Academy of Physician Assistants CME Conference – 2008

Cases in Thyroid Disease Detection and Management

Demystifying Type 2 Diabetes Management  

American Academy of Physician Assistants CME Conference 2007

Diagnosis, Prevention, Early Treatment, and Complications of Diabetes

Selecting, Monitoring, Titrating, and Intensifying Insulin Therapy

Case Challenges in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: An Expert Update

PharmCards: Review Cards for Medical Students, 3rd edition

A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examinations for Physician Assistants, 2nd and 3rd editions 

Publication :

Waller LA, Bryson, WH.  “Can emergency contraception help to reduce teen pregnancy?”  Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.  2007;  19(4): 42-46.


Didactic Teacher of the Year – Emory University Physician Assistant Program - December, 2009

City of Decatur Hometown Hero Award, Decatur Business Association – December, 2009

Didactic Teacher of the Year – Emory University Physician Assistant Program – December, 2008

Faculty Achievement Award – Georgia Association of Physician Assistants – July, 2007

Emory University Physician Assistant Program – December, 2003

Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

            Professional Achievement Award           

Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities

1997 Layperson of the Year - Trinity United Methodist Church – Durham, North Carolina

Golden Key National Honor Society, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996

Delta Omega Public Health National Honor Society, UNC School of Public Health, 1996

UNC Honors Program participant, 1992-1996 

Personal Profile

In August of 2001, I moved from my comparatively small hometown in North Carolina to the big city of Atlanta to begin Emory’s Physician Assistant Program.  Prior to that time, I had spent my entire life in the Triangle area of central North Carolina – Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh.  I graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1996 with a degree in Health Policy and Administration.  After graduation, I quickly realized that I was much more interested in the clinical side of healthcare.  For several years, I worked for Orange County Emergency Medical Services responding to 911 calls and the Duke University Department of Medicine conducting clinical research into two of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States - obesity and tobacco abuse.

I was drawn to Emory because of the program’s focus on primary care in underserved populations.  Having worked extensively with low-income populations as a Community Shelter Coordinator in North Carolina, Emory’s mission struck a chord with me.  Emory seemed a perfect fit – a feeling which has turned out to be true for many reasons.  While we were students at Emory, I met my wife, who is also an Emory PA!  After 28 months of training, I graduated in December 2003, having developed an interest in Academic Medicine. Still fresh from graduation, I began a full-time six-month Faculty Fellowship with the PA program.  And now, seven years later, I still believe that I have found the perfect job combining all my interests in patient care and academics.  Three days per week, I am in clinical practice at the Emory Flat Shoals Clinic, an outpatient family medicine setting.  Two days each week, I work at the PA program teaching our first year students a variety of different clinical topics, conducting rotation site visits and Board review sessions for clinical year students, and directing one of the senior year courses.

My Interests

I grew up half way between the beach and the mountains – a great place for my favorite hobbies – fishing, hiking, and skiing.  However, once arriving in Atlanta and discovering the many opportunities a metro area offers, I have not looked back once although I still sneak away for a weekend in the nearby mountains or at the coast as often as possible.