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Board Certification and Academic Information
||Family and Preventive Medicine - Associate 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 M. Cobb MS, PA-C 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. 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 coauthoring cases with in-country experts to raise the awareness of the ‘physician assistant’ type workforce that exists in over 47 countries globally. "Findings from a survey of an uncategorized cadre of clinicians in 46 countries- increasing access to medical care with a focus on regional needs since the 17th century" (http://www.longwoods.com/content/24296) is the first study of it's kind, bringing to light the accelerated medically trained clinicians and the vital part of the health workforce that they represent.
Clinically as a physician assistant, Nadia has worked in a variety of settings, including an inner city ER, family practice, occupational medicine and refugee health.
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, Service Learning Designation Committee through the Bennion Community Service Center, as well as a member of the Interdisciplinary Credentialing Committee.
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.
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.
Most recently Nadia was asked to join the Physician Assistant Taskforce for the National Initiative for Allied Health Sciences under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India. She is leading the collaboration with Amrita University and the Univeristy of Utah PA Program in the development of a primary care based curriculum for the physician assistants in India.
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 2016.