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Outstanding Physician Assistant of the Year Award (Graduation 2010)

MartinilliMichael Martinelli MHS, PA-C was named the Outstanding Physician Assistant of the Year. This award is given annually to a community PA that consistently demonstrates the ideals of the PA profession and has provided a significant contribution to the Emory PA program.   Since graduation from the Lock Haven PA Program in 2003, Michael has worked in the Dekalb Medical Center ER. He has volunteered time to participate in numerous facets of our Program including: lab instructor, emergency medicine lecturer, as well as perhaps most notably as an emergency medicine clinical preceptor. One clinical student had this to say about Michael, “He is passionately committed to training Emory PA students and does it with excellence. Every single day he was 110% committed to our learning.  Martinelli even calls his students after the rotation is over to follow up on how they are doing on other rotations. Not only is he a wonderful teacher, but an outstanding PA, simply watching him practice medicine is an education in itself." This commitment to teaching is also reflected in the fact that the Class of 2010 also voted Mr. Martinelli as the Clinical Teacher of the Year. 

MartinilliBeyond the walls of Emory, Michael also chairs the Allied Health Committee at Dekalb Medical Center, is an active member of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants and is a member of the Lead Advisory Group within the Emergency Medicine organization that he works for. Another student had this to say about Mr. Martinelli, “He pushed me to be smarter, faster, and kinder. He was tough, but in a tough love kind of way. You knew he was pushing you because he cared and he took precepting very seriously. He truly wanted to make me and mold me into the best PA, not just get me through the rotation, but make me the absolute best. He also worked tirelessly to help me find a job, writing letters for me and taking phone calls to speak on my behalf. He was more than a preceptor he is a role model and confidant." We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Michael for all he has done for our Program and the contributions he has made to so many Emory alumni. 

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