McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
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Announcement — Assistant Dean, Physician Assistant Education Program, Faculty of Health Sciences

Kristen Burrows

Kristen Burrows, BSc, BHSc(PA), MSc, CCPA

May 5, 2016

From: Dr. Alan Neville, Associate Dean, Health Professional Education

I would like to congratulate Kristen Burrows on her appointment as the assistant dean, Physician Assistant Education Program.

Kristen is a practicing Canadian certified physician assistant and a graduate of the first class of the McMaster Physician Assistant Education Program in 2010. She is also concurrently doing a PhD in Health Research Methodology, studying the role of physician assistants in Ontario with a focus in health human resources.

Before she became a physician assistant (PA), Kristen was an epidemiologist and worked as a consultant for the Public Health Agency of Canada.  In 2006, Kristen moved to the Republic of Palau to work as an epidemiologist and infection control practitioner for the Ministry of Health, until she was accepted into the McMaster PA program in 2008.

Kristen has consistently been involved in medical education since 2003, when she worked as a teaching assistant in veterinary medical communications at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Since 2013, Kristen has been a major presence in McMaster's PA program as an assistant clinical professor. She is also responsible for developing the electronic curriculum mapping for the PA Program.

Kristen is well versed in all issues related to the PA profession in Ontario and across the country. She's worked as a PA in internal medicine at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton from 2010 to 2015, and continues to work as a part-time PA in clinical dermatology at Ancaster Dermatology.

I welcome Kristen to this senior academic administrative position.

At the same time, I would like to thank Dr. Paul Hawkins, who held this role since 2013, for his commitment.

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