The Faculty Affairs Office is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Clinical Education for the BUSM PA Program, Angela C. Reffel, MHP, PA-C, is October’s Distinguished Faculty of the Month.
Angela received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass. and her Physician Assistant Certificate/Master’s Degree in Health Professions from Northeastern University in Boston. She joined the BUSM community in 2003 as a Clinical Associate in the Department of Internal Medicine in the Section of Gastroenterology. Angela subsequently joined the PA Program in July 2016 as the Director of Clinical Education. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all clinical rotations for the PA students. As a result of the COVID 19 outbreak, major disruptions occurred to the clinical phase for all clinical students. Angela has shown tremendous leadership in managing these disruptions to the clinical year. It is her skills, talents and efforts that resulted in the BUSM PA Class of 2020 being able to graduate on time. Among her innovations are a hybrid clerkships and virtual clerkships which involved finding and training remote preceptors, writing virtual cases, and assuring that all students met the learning objectives for the various clerkships.
Angela is the Chair of the Clinical Education Committee in the PA Program and serves on the Executive, Student Progress, Admissions, and Data Committees in the program. She serves as an ex officio member of the newly formed APP Council at BMC. She is also a member of the Clinical Clerkship Subcommittee in the medical school. In addition, Angela advises and teaches students in all phases of the PA Program.
“In the face of loss of rotations, student anxiety and general uncertainty, Angela has a calm, positive attitude. She has been working relentlessly on securing rotations, supporting students, creating new hybrid & virtual rotations and creating new non-clinical electives, all while preparing for an accreditation site visit.”