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Board Certification and Academic Information
||Family and Preventive Medicine - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Family and Preventive Medicine - Advanced Practice Clinician
||Physician Assistant Program
||National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Academic Office Locations
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||Academic Office Address
||U of U, DFPM
375 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Nadia was born in Nairobi, Kenya and traveled extensively as a young child while her father worked for the Associated Press. At the age of 17, she began her career as a professional ballet dancer with Ballet West here in Salt Lake City. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Neuroscience, and a MS in Kinesiology from University of Colorado in Boulder. She graduated from the University ot Utah Physician Assistant Program (UPAP) in 1997.
As a physician assistant, Nadia has worked in a variety of settings, including an inner city ER, family practice, occupational medicine and refugee health. Nadia joined UPAP as a Clinical Associate in 2002 and full time as the Associate Director of Clinical Affairs in 2005. Her focus is first year Clinical Placement, Clinical Evaluation, as well as developing the Ghana international rotation.
She is actively involved within the University of Utah, serving on the Global Health Working Group, Interview Committee for the School of Medicine, Committee on Community and Governmental Relations, Service Learning Designation Committee through the Bennion Community Service Center, as well as a member of the Interdisciplinary Credentialing Committee. Her global work was recently recognized in the 'Algorithms for Innovation' as being an example of what the 'new' tenure line could represent.
On a national level she has served the Physician Assistant Education Association on the International Affairs Committee, and now as the liaison for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. She received the Utah Association of Physician Assistants Humanitarian award in 2008 and 2011 for her work in Ghana.
On a global level, she has been an active member of the International Academy of Physician Associate Educators, where sheserved as secretary to the board, and now is Vice-President.. She recently was invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be on a Technical Working Group on Health Workforce Education Assessment Tools develpment. She is a moderator for the the Transformative Education Social Media site for the WHO. In addition she is working with the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) on a working group on the health workforce.
Her work developing the clinical service rotation in Ghana, West Africa, in collaboration with their Ministry of Health, College of Health- Kintampo and the KNUST Medical School, led to the University of Utah School of Medicine to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the College of Health - Kintampo in 2011. She annually leads teams of PA students and school of medicine faculty to teach the only CME seminar in the country for the Ghanaian PAs.
For her work she was awarded Humanitarian of the Year 2014 by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She was also recognized as a Utah Healthcare Hero by Utah Business Magazine in 2014.
Locally, she continues her focus on interdisciplinary clinical training as she works with the family medicine residency program to continue to develop opportunities for team learning in geriatric and family medicine settings. Nadia is in the dissertation phase of her PhD – with expected completion in 2015.