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Dr. Thomas Woods D.H.Sc, MPAS, PA-C

Thomas Woods

Title: Professor
School: Health Sciences
Academic Department: Physician Assistant Science
Phone: 814-472-3167
E-mail: twoods@francis.edu
Office Location: Sullivan Hall 104

Education

  • Doctor of Health Science, Nova Southeastern University, December 2003
  • Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Science, Saint Francis College, August 1997
  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Pastoral Counseling, Saint Francis College, May 1992
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Saint Francis College, May 1987

Biography

Experience

Clinical Experience

  • Surgical Physician Assistant, Surgical Resident, Norwalk Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine
  • Physician Assistant, Corporate Care Services, Conemaugh Medical Center
  • Physician Assistant, Urgent Care Clinic, Conemaugh Health Systems
  • Physician Assistant, Urgent Care Clinic, Good Samaritan Medical Center

Professional Teaching Experience

  • Professor – Promoted 2011, Department of Physician Assistant Sciences, Saint Francis University
  • Associate Professor 2005- 2011, Department of Physician Assistant Sciences, Saint Francis University
  • Assistant Professor 1998 - 2005, Department of Physician Assistant Sciences, Saint Francis University

Physician Assistant Specialty Training

  • Norwalk Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Surgical Residency, August 2006 - June 2007

Teaching Awards

  • Saint Francis University Honor Society Distinguished Faculty Award, Academic Year 2005-2006
  • Saint Francis University Honor Society Distinguished Faculty Award, Academic Year 2001-2002
  • Association of Physician Assistant Programs New Faculty Award for Professional Excellence 2000
  • Named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
  • Distinguished Faculty Award Finalist (Academic Years 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013)
  • Saint Francis College, Student Government Association Outstanding Educator, 1991
Conference Presentations
  • 2013 American Academy of Physician Assistants, CME Session: Transitioning from Clinical Practice to Physician Assistant, Faculty, Have You Felt the Nudge?, Jeanie McHugo, Ph.D. co-presenter
  • 2012 Physician Assistant Education Association – Education Forum, PA Faculty Retreat, Lead Presenter for this faculty retreat, Multiple Session Moderator
  • 2011 Physician Assistant Education Association – Education Forum, PA Faculty Retreat, Lead Presenter for this faculty retreat, Multiple Session Moderator
  • 2010 Physician Assistant Education Association – Education Forum, PA Faculty Retreat, Lead Presenter for this faculty retreat, Multiple Session Moderator
  • 2009 Physician Assistant Education Association – Education Forum, PA Faculty Retreat, Lead Presenter for this faculty retreat, Multiple Session Moderator, Paper – Image Enhanced Instruction, Advocating the Use of Electronic Resources for Diagnostically Naive Students
  • 2008 Association of General and Liberal Studies, Topic – Making Room for Wellness in General Education
  • 2007 Physician Assistant Education Association Education Forum, Topic - Effective Teaching Principles for a Changing Pedagogical Landscape – A Review of Current Literature- Update
  • Saint Francis University President’s Awards Convocation – April 2007, Keynote Speaker
  • 2004 Association of Physician Assistant Programs Education Forum, Topic - Effective Teaching Principles for a Changing Pedagogical Landscape – A Review of Current Literature
  • Saint Francis University President’s Awards Convocation – April 2003, Keynote Speaker
  • U. S. Department of Justice –Federal Bureau of Prisons Clinician Conference, Summer 2000 & 2001, Four presentations delivered each session, Selected as conference’s “Outstanding Presenter” during both conferences
  • Saint Francis University, Delta Phi Epsilon national Scholastic Honor Society - April 2001, Keynote Speaker
Publications
  • “Targeting Instructional Strategies to Address Gen Y Learner Characteristics", Journal of Physician Assistant Education, Summer 2011 issue (22.2), Feature Article, Collaboration with Dr. Donald Walkovich and Theresa Wilson
  • “Wellness at Saint Francis University”, Saint Francis University Magazine, January 2011, Collaborating author
  • Appleton & Lange, Review for the Physician Assistant 6th edition, Contributing Author, Orthopedics Chapter #19 pp 415 - 429, McGraw Hill Medical 2010
  • “Access Denied: Living with Multiple Sclerosis”, Webcast Webinar CME production, Co-authored and published with Mr. Peter Kreckel, PharmCon Continuing Education for Health Professions series, Broadcast date August 3, 2010
  • “Navigating the Proposal Process: Keys to Successful Submissions”, Webcast Webinar, Co-authored and published with Jeanie McHugo, Ph.D, PA-C, Physician Assistant Education Association, May 12, 2009
  • “An Update on HIV Therapy - Protease Inhibitors for Treatment of Experienced Patients”, Webcast Webinar CME production, Co-authored and published with Mr. Peter Kreckel, PharmCon Continuing Education for Health Professions series, January 15, 2009
  • “An Update on Protease Inhibitors”, Webcast Webinar CME production, Co-authored and published with Mr. Peter Kreckel, PharmCon Continuing Education for Health Professions series, July 7, 2008
  • “Antiretroviral Treatments for HIV”, Webcast Webinar CME production, Co-authored and published with Mr. Peter Kreckel, PharmCon Continuing Education for Health Professions series, May 14, 2008
  • “My Most Memorable Patient”, Clinician News, May 2005, Volume 9, Number 5
  • Better Than “The Next Best Thing”: A Professor’s Reflections, Visual Literacy and Development 2005, Journal of the International Visual Literacy Association
  • Author of Pharmacology Case Study Modules x 12, Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas, Saint Francis University, Penn College of Technology, Seton Hill University, 2001-2004
Professional Associations

Professional Memberships

  • Physician Assistant Education Association, Chairman - Conference Curriculum Committee, (formally the Education Committee), Chair appointment from 2010 - 2014
  • Physician Assistant Education Association, Research Institute – Member, 2010 - 2012
  • Physician Assistant Education Association, Faculty Development Institute – Member, 2010 – 2012
  • Physician Assistant Education Association, Education Committee, January 2009 – March 2010
  • Physician Assistant Education Association, Education Committee Subcommittee, 2006 – 2009

Saint Francis University Involvements

  • Faculty Senate Senator – School of Health Science Representative 2010 - 2013, Vice President Academic Year 2010-2011
  • Faculty Senate Senator Academic Year 2002-2008, Vice President 2003-2004, Secretary Treasurer 2005-2006

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