Pamela Patton, MSP, PA-C, DFAAPA, director of admissions and the William M. Hall associate professor for the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies, was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry, a federal committee under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Service Administration agency.
“It’s a huge honor to be appointed to the federal advisory committee that focuses on the education and training of medical and dental primary care providers,” said Patton, a triple Gator with degrees from the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine and Pharmacy. “The committee’s goals to reduce gaps between primary care resources — including the shortage of primary care providers — and the needs of rural and underserved populations very much align with my own.”
For five years, Patton provided low-cost medical care to the uninsured and poorly insured residents of rural North Central Florida through her work each week at the federally designated Alachua County Organization of Rural Needs health care clinic. Funding constraints forced its closing in October.
Patton is a member of the fifth graduating class of the UF School of PA Studies. She began her medical career on the UF kidney transplant team in the late 1970s and in 2002 was named associate clinical director of UF’s kidney and pancreas transplant programs. Patton served as clinical director for those programs from 2007 until 2014, when she joined the faculty of the UF School of PA Studies. Today she dedicates her career to admitting, teaching and mentoring the next generation of PAs at her alma mater.