Michael trained as a Physician Assistant in the United States and joined the UCLan School of Medicine specifically within the Physician Associate (PA) Programme as of March 2018. He has five years of clinical experience as a PA in Emergency Medicine in the state of Pennsylvania prior to joining the University staff. Michael believes his familiarity with the role of the PA within the health care team will be beneficial for the new wave of PAs in the UK.
Michael teaches across a range of subjects for the Physician Associate (PA) programme, including anatomy, applied anatomy, clinical and communication skills, data and imaging interpretation and case-based learning. He also delivers clinical lectures based on diagnosis and management and is involved in course development and assessment. He is the UM4001 Module Lead and also is the MPAP Admissions Lead and Evaluation Lead. Michael is an Academic Advisor for undergraduate and postgraduate PA students and also has a role in supporting PA students whilst on clinical placement.
Michael undertook his Bachelor's degree studying Cell Biology & Neuroscience and Psychology at Rutgers University, graduating in 2010. Immediately following, he undertook his Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, graduating in 2013. After passing the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE) in the summer of 2013, Michael began practising as a licensed PA at a rural Emergency Department in Pennsylvania. While working there, Michael was involved in supervising PA students whilst on their clinical placements. From this experience, he found enjoyment and a desire for further involvement in PA Education.