Pamela O'Brien

Marci Contreras

Program Director


EDUCATION

  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Texas Medical Branch

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND AREAS

  • Neurology
  • Behavioral Medicine

Personal Interest: Reading, meditation, hiking, traveling

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Professional Memberships

  • Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants (ASAPA)
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)
  • International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)
  • Team-Based Learning (TBL) Collaborative

Conferences Attended

  • Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants (ASAPA) Spring Conference 2021
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum, 2020
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum, 2019, October:  Washington, D.C.
  • 15th Annual UTMB Curriculum Education Conference, Galveston, TX, May 16, 2019
  • Texas Gulf Coast PA Association (TGCPAA) 2019 CME Conference for Advanced Practice Providers, Houston, TX, April 5-6, 2019
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) Annual Conference, Educational sessions, 2019, February: Houston, TX.
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum, 2018, October:  Anaheim, CA.
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum, 2017, October:  Denver, CO.
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Conference, Educational sessions, 2017, May: Las Vegas, NV.
  • Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) Conference, Educational sessions, 2017, October: San Antonio, TX.
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) Fall Regional Conference, Educational sessions, 2017, September:  Austin, TX.
  • Texas Society of Allied Health Professions (TSAHP) Conference, Educational sessions: Pathways to Student Success, Resiliency, and Professionalism, 2017, September: Houston, TX.
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) Annual Conference, Educational sessions, 2017, February:  San Antonio, TX.
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum, 2016, October:  Minneapolis, MN.
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) Fall Regional Conference, Educational sessions, 2016, September:  Galveston, TX.
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Conference, Educational sessions, 2016, May: San Antonio, TX.
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) Annual Conference, Educational sessions, 2016, February:  Houston, TX.
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum, 2015, October:  Washington, D.C.
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Conference, Educational sessions, 2015, May: San Francisco, CA.
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Conference, Educational sessions, 2010, May: Atlanta, GA.
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Conference, Educational sessions, 2009, May: San Diego, CA.
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Conference, Educational sessions, 2008, May: San Antonio, TX.

Service

  • Partnered in numerous health fairs for local communities.
  • Served on numerous committees at the international, national, state, and university levels.
  • Ambassador for fighting human trafficking, educating churches, schools, and healthcare providers.

HONORS AND AWARDS

2019: Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) Outstanding PA Educator of the Year

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Peer-Reviewed

Clinical Medicine for Physician Assistants. Van Rhee, et al. Lead Author, Psychiatry. 2021. Springer Publishing.

Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice, 7th edition. Ballweg, et al.  Lead Author, chapter 24 “Behavioral Medicine” June 2019. Published by Elsevier.

Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice, 6th edition. Ballweg, et al.  Lead Author, chapter 29 “Behavioral Medicine” May 2017. Published by Elsevier.

“How Should We Teach Empathy to PA Students?” PAEA Networker, January 24, 2017.