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Board Certification and Academic Information
||Family and Preventive Medicine - Associate Professor (Clinical)
||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 M. Cobb PA-C, PhD Candidate is the director of the Office for the Promotion of Global Healthcare Equity (http://medicine.utah.edu/dfpm/physician-assistant-studies/opghe/), in the Division of Physician Assistant Studies, in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Nadia continues her work within the Physician Assistant Program (http://medicine.utah.edu/physician-assistant-program/index.php) as the director of the Friday Clinical Experience. She has worked for the Physician Assistant Program since 2002. She is passionate about the global (local, international) community, health workforce education and policy. In 2014 she was named Humanitarian of the Year by the American Academy of Physician Assistants. (https://youtu.be/WiUklTgJFZM) She was also recognized as a Utah Healthcare Hero by Utah Business Magazine in 2014.
She was invited to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) on a technical working group to develop the Global Evaluation Toolkit for Health Workforce Education, which will help member states evaluate the current status of health workforce education as well as lay out a transformational roadmap for them in the future. She was asked to present the preliminary findings at the Prince Mahidol Awards Conference on a WHO panel in January of 2016. The Toolkit and the results of the global survey will be presented at the World Health Assembly at the United Nations/Geneva in 2016. As a moderator on the WHO Transformative Education for Health Professionals website (http://whoeducationguidelines.org) she is engaging in-country experts to raise the awareness of the ‘physician assistant’ type workforce that exists in over 47 countries globally through cases published to the site.
She is actively involved within the University of Utah, serving on the Global Health (Health Sciences Center) Steering Committe, Interview Committee for the School of Medicine, and recently elected onto the University Academic Senate as a SOM representative.
On a national level she has served the Physician Assistant Education Association on the International Affairs Committee, as well as a liaison for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. She is a member of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, Physician Assistant Committee. She received the Utah Association of Physician Assistants Humanitarian award in 2008 and 2011 for her work in Ghana.
In June 2015 she was invited to serve on the PA Taskforce for the National Initiative for Allied Health Professionals, in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India. PA's in India have served in super subspecialty teriarty settings for 22 years, and the government seeks to expand access to health care in rural areas through the development of the primary care physician assistant profession. Nadia has been active in creating the first national primary care curriculum in this role. In March of 2016 the MoHFW India, Amrita Univeristy and the Univeristy of Utah signed an MOU for the development of a primary care program for physician assistants in India with Amrita University. The collaborative group includes THEnet, as it engages with PA education for the first time. This collaborative will expand the community engaged, social accountability focus of the Univeristy of Utah Physician Assistant program, as well as developing a model for India's PA's.
Previously 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. For eight years she annually led teams of PA students and school of medicine faculty to teach the only CME seminar in the country for the Ghanaian PAs.
Nadia is in the dissertation phase of her PhD – with expected completion in 2016.