Memphis- Dr. Mark John Scott, PA-C, has been appointed the Director of Physician Assistant Studies Program at Christian Brothers University (CBU). In this newly created position, Scott will oversee the new Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program, the first and only in Memphis.
Scott brings to CBU over 29 years of experience as a Physician Assistant right here in the Memphis Metropolitan area. His areas of practice include oncology/hematology, acute care, and neurosurgery. While in practice, Scott developed and delivered numerous focused educational seminars and has been a frequent contributor to programs provided by the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants.
Scott is the recipient of many professional awards and accolades including the induction into the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants Hall of Fame, being named Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), receiving the Professional Service Award from the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants, and being named Physician Assistant of the Year by that same organization. He was appointed by AAPA as a Consortium Member of Health Regulatory Boards, and served as group coordinator and chair of the NIH Health Brain Tumor Cooperative Group.
“The University is very fortunate to have a person with Mark’s extensive experience as a practicing physician assistant,” notes CBU President Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. “CBU prides itself on recruiting faculty who have the practical knowledge in their chosen fields to share with our students. Mark has held many leadership roles in professional organizations and has been instumental in promoting the PA as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team. By developing the first PA program in Memphis, CBU is taking an active role to address the shortage of primary care providers and improve access to primary health care services, especially among underserved popultions, which is very much in line with CBU’s overall mission.”
CBU’s Physician Assistant Program in Memphis allows students to prepare for one of the Top Seven Growth Professions. Its inaugural class will be comprised of 32 students who will be able to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies within 27 months (seven continuous semesters). Applications are currently being accepted for the first cohort that will begin January 2012.