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(Pamela) Michel Statler is an Associate Professor for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, having rejoined the faculty in 2019.  She graduated from the Surgeon Assistant Program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health and worked as a surgical physician assistant for 14 years in cardiac surgery, ENT, and neurosurgery before becoming a PA educator.  While previously on the faculty at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern, she earned a Master in Liberal Arts at Southern Methodist University.  Michel has been the Associate Director for the PA programs at the UT Southwestern in Dallas as well as Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ before becoming the first PA educator to join the staff at the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) in 2010.  In her role as Senior Director of Academic Affairs, she played a pivotal role in moving several initiatives forward, namely the development of resources to support clinical education, preceptor development, and a new line of end of rotation exams designed to help meet program needs student assessment as well as ongoing program evaluation. 

Michel returned to PA education as Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program at Rosalind Franklin University in 2013.  In addition to her teaching and administrative responsibilities she served on the university Assessment Leadership Council, Faculty Senate, and Master Teacher Guild.  As an educator, Michel has been an invited speaker at state and national meetings, published in peer-reviewed journals, and been a contributing author to a number of text and review books.  She currently serves as Immediate Past President for the PAEA Board of Directors and is a member of the PAEA President's Commission. 


Research Interest

  • Assessment methodologies and correlation with student outcomes
  • Curriculum development
  • Faculty development
  • Professional practice issues


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

MMI utilization in US PA program admission processes
James K, Mazur Z, Statler M, Hegmann T, Landel G, Orcutt VL. JPAE 2021 32 2 74-78.
PAEA End of Rotation Exams accurately identify students at risk of PANCE failure: a Multi-center study using scaled scores
Baginski, R, Buchs, SR, Coombs, JM, Duffy, D, Garbas, B., Honda, T, Maloney-Johns, A, Mazur, Z, Murfin, M, Statler, M, Thurnes, T JPAE 2019 30 4 192-199
Reliability and validity of PAEA end-of-rotation exam scores for predicting on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam
Hegman, T, Statler, M. and Roscoe, M JPAE 2015 26 4 187-192
Educating Primary Care Teams for the Future: Family Medicine and Physician Assistant Interprofessional Education, Joint Position Statement of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Physician Assistant Education Association
Keahey, D, Dickinson, P, Hills, K, Kaprielian, V, Lohenry, K, Marion, G, Statler, M, Nolte, T, Walsh, A. JPAE 2012 23 3 33-41
The Neurologic Exam Revisited
Statler, M Clinician Reviews 2009 19 8 22-28
A Case of Mycosis Fungoides in a 14-Year-Old Male? Journal Dermatology Physician Assistant
Reinhold, R and Statler, M Journal of Dermatology Physician Assistants 2009 3 1 30-31
A Serious Condition or a Benign Masquerade?
Payton, D and Statler, M JAAPA 2008 21 7 18
Meningitis: Distinguishing the benign from the serious
Shelburne, C and Statler, M JAAPA 2008 21 4 54-59
Closing the Gap: Improving Front-Line Clinician Proficiency in Epilepsy Care
Montouris, G, Statler, M, and Taft, J JAAPA 2007 Supplement S1-S20
Linking the Competencies for the PA Profession with Assessment Tools in PA Education
Essary, A and Statler M JPAE 2007 18 1 22-28


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Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Award
    School of Health Professions, UT Southwestern Medical Center (2020)
  • Master Teacher Guild, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Illinois
    The Master Teacher Guild is an inter-professional, interdisciplinary association serving Rosalind Franklin University through educational excellence and innovation. (2017-2019)
  • Outstanding Educator Award, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Illinois
    Awarded annually by the College of Health Professions in recognition of teaching and mentorship of students and colleagues. (2014)
  • Alpha Eta Honor Society, Physician Assistant Program, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
    National scholastic honor society fo allied health professionals. Inducted as a faculty member, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas (2010-2019)
  • Pi Alpha, National Honor Society for Physician Assistants, Physician Assistant Program, Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona
    National honor society for physician assistants in recognition of academic achievement, leadership, research and service. Inducted as a faculty member while at the PA Program at Midwestern University (2008-2019)
  • Physician Assistant Teacher of the Year, Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona
    Student nominated award in recognition of outstanding teaching by a faculty member in the PA Program at Midwestern University (2004-2008)
  • Distinguished Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching, School of Health Professions, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
    Annual faculty award in recognition of excellence in teaching. (1999)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (1988-2021)
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (1994-2022)