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Emory PA Faculty in South Africa

The Physician Assistant Profession is spreading worldwide.  In addition to the USA, there are now training programs in 10 countries:  Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ghana, India, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Scotland and South Africa.  To facilitate and support the development of essential faculty, the International Academy of Physician Associate Educators (IAPAE) was formed.  In September, the 8th Annual Conference of     IAPAE was held in Pretoria, South Africa.   

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 Representing Emory was one of our faculty, Marquitha Mayfield.   For the past five years, the Emory PA Program, through the Twinnings Partnership of AIHA,  has worked closely with the University of Witwaltersrand School of Medicine to assist with the  development of  their  Clinical Associate Program.

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Mayfield, PA-C, Dr. Akimbe & Dr. Otsuki at Northwest Province clinical site.

 Clinical Associates are a new cohort of medical providers, much like Physician Assistants, who are  trained to provide primarily inpatient care  in rural South Africa. There are currently 3 training programs in the country with plans for more. Emory is proud to have on faculty at  one of these programs,  one of our alumni, Ms. Zukisa Tshabalala.  Ms. Tshabala was also just elected president of the new professional organization representing Clinical Associate providers,  the  Professional Association of Clinical Associates of South Africa (PACASA).    Ove the past 5 years,  the profession has grown rapidly such that there are now over 100 board certified practitioners.  Emory looks forward to continuing to play an active role in the expansion of the PA profession abroad.   

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Dr. Akimbe, Clinical supervisor and 2nd year Clinical Associate students    

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