Andrea Fox, DMSc, PA-C
The SIU DMSc experience has taught me to have a greater appreciation for research and impactful change. Much to my surprise, even my patients have been cheering me on and have been excited to hear of my successes through this year-long journey. Since acquiring my DMSc I have been asked to be the PI in three research studies and invited to speak at three conferences. I feel the level of credibility I receive within my small subspecialty is notably higher with this "expected" degree. I am grateful for the opportunities I know this endeavor will bring to my future."
James Van Rhee, DMSc, PA-C
"The design of the program has not only allowed me to continue to work while in the program, but it has allowed me to apply the coursework on an almost daily basis in my role as a PA educator. The courses not only cover the theory but provide practical, hands-on experience. As a senior leadership member in PA education, I know when hiring graduates of this program they have received the education and knowledge needed to step immediately into an active role as a PE educator."
Jennifer Sanders, DMSc, PA-C
"The most valuable takeaway from my DMSc education was the comprehensive understanding I gained in evidence-based, advanced clinical skills, research components, and leadership training. These unique features collectively equipped me with a well-rounded skill set to excel professionally."
Taylor McClard, DMSc, PA-C
"The SIU DMSc program has enabled me to become a well-rounded P that is better prepared for academic and leadership roles. The faculty was very responsive, supportive and accommodating to the working PA. This online program, made by the PAs for PAs, is essential for creating personal connections and the lifelong learning skills needed to become a valuable leader in the PA profession."
Matthew A. McQuillan, DMSc, PA-C, MS, DFAAPA
"I highly recommend the SIU DMSc program with its one-year, fully online curriculum. The courses are relevant and build on current knowledge and skills. The scholarly project courses are well-designed and provide the foundational education that culminates in a project suitable for publication in a professional journal. This is precisely what I was looking for, as I needed a doctoral program that could fit into my already busy life."
Captain James A. Chally, DMSc, PA-C
"Trepidation is how I would describe my feelings going into the DMSc program at SIU while also balancing my clinical practice, faculty responsibilities, family time, and military commitment in the National Guard. Was it hard? Yes. Was it doable? Definitely. Was it valuable in providing me with the skills and education to help me achieve my goals through career progression and help pave the way to work at the peak of my license in an increasingly competitive market? Absolutely! My goal going into SIU's DMSc program was to use the Skills and education to progress in my career. Upon graduation I already have multiple interviews lined up for director level positions. Completing this degree has put me in a position to be competitive for the career progression I envisioned for myself."
Christine Albers, DMSc, PA-C
"The SIU DMSc format is ideal for the working PA. I was able to balance work, school, and time with family and friends. The faculty are very supportive and want us to succeed in this program as it is taught by PAs for PAs."
Stacey Becker, DMSc, PA-C
"The clinical practicum allowed for the application of the skills which were learned and fostered through the program to be reflected upon in a personal and meaningful way. The progressive nature helped to develop accountability for the project as well as a sense of accomplishment upon completion. By having goals that were applicable to my own practice integrated into the DMSc curriculum, I was able to apply my learning in real time."
Major Matt Schneider, DMSc, PA-C
"SIU DMSc has enhanced my practice by providing enrichment to subject matter that previously had not been exposed to. The overall experience has been amazing and the faculty have been incredibly supportive. I am using my knowledge and experience gained in this program to take on a role as legislative committee chair for my state PA organization and I have no doubts about the success I will achieve in that role."
Halley Barke, DMSc, PA-C
"I decided to advance my degree because I feel that as a profession, this is something we need to do in staying true to our mission of being lifelong learners and remaining relevant among our peers."
Courtney Ledbetter, DMSc, PA-C
Pursuing my DMSc while working full-time was not difficult. The asynchronous course delivery allowed me to work ahead if needed. Due dates were planned well in advance and consistent throughout the program. The faculty was friendly, approachable, and invested in my success.
Cheng Hsieh, DMSc, PA-C
The education practicum improved my design of courses and objectives, test writing, classroom teaching, lecture writing, student evaluation and feedback, understanding of the ARC-PA Accreditation standards and process, and helped me improve in my current role in PA education through better academic, administrative, and practical knowledge and skills.
Kassie Jones, DMSc, PA-C
The DMSc program at SIU has encouraged me to think outside of the box. It has provided a greater understanding of healthcare policy, management, and leadership. The DMSc program has been essential in advancing my personal goals as a PA and is contributing to the advancement of the rapidly changing PA profession by empowering PAs to become skilled and valuable leaders, independently, organizationally, politically, and globally.