HIGHLIGHTS OF DR. NICHOLSON'S CV
Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Physician Assistants
President, American Academy of Physician Assistants in Legal Medicine
Board of Directors, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants
Board of Directors, Hillside Health Care International Mission Clinic
Director of PA Education, St. Joseph Hospital Emergency Department
Fellow, Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Marquette University Dept. of PA Studies
- Adjunct Clinical Faculty University of Wisconsin PA Program
- Adjunct Clinical Faculty Carrol University PA Program
- Membership Commission - American Academy of Physician Assistants
- President - PA Experts Network Medico-legal Consulting, LLC
- Owner and manager of a Family Practice and Urgent Care Clinic
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MADISON Madison, WI
Ph.D.: Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Dissertation: A Retrospective Study of Medical Malpractice and Safety Comparing Physician Assistants to Physicians and Advanced Practice Nurses. :4.0 GPA in Ph.D. program.
B.S. Bachelor of Science - Physician Assistant, May, 1992.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY Cambridge, MA
M.Ed. Master of Education - Concentrations in International Development and Education Administration. Magna Cum Laude, June, 1989.
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA Omaha, NB
M.P.A.S. Master of Physician Assistant Studies, May, 2005.
BOSTON COLLEGE Chestnut Hill, MA
B.S. Bachelor of Science - Double Major: Biology and Philosophy
Magna Cum Laude, June, 1984.
PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL/CLINICAL EMPLOYMENT
EMERGENCY ROOM AND URGENT CARE CLINICIAN
Emergency Room Services - Care On Demand, Brookfield, WI Full time urgent and emergent care since October, 2010
St. Josephs Hospital Emergency Department Milwaukee, WI
Full time emergency medicine and urgent care clinical practice July - Nov. 2006 and Nov. 2007 to October 2010. Part time emergency medicine and urgent care clinical practice at at St. Joseph and other ERs in Milwaukee. Also part time Er and UC from Jan.,1997 through June, 2006 at the sites below. Forty hours average work in emergency medicine and urgent care per month during that period. .
St. Josephs Hospital Emergency Department Milwaukee, WI
Stoughton Hospital Emergency Department Stoughton, WI
Mercy Hospital Emergency Department Janesville, WI
The Monroe Clinic Emergency Department Monroe, WI
Meriter Hospital Emergency Department Madison, WI
Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Prairie du Sac, WI
CLINIC MANAGER, CO-OWNER, FAMILY PRACTICE AND URGENT CARE CLINIC
Physician Associates of Wisconsin, SC, Milwaukee, WI
Founder, manager and part-time clinician provider of a low-cost community service family practice
and urgent care clinic designed to meet the needs of the uninsured, from 6/1/13-8/31/14.
CLINIC MANAGER AND CLINICIAN – FAMILY MEDICINE PRIMARY CARE CLINIC
The Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital Milwaukee, WI
Responsibilities included the provision of all aspects of primary medical care to a complex patient population. Providers included six physicians, two physician assistants, a nurse and two medical assistants. Managerial responsibilities included the oversight of clinic staff including a physician assistant, nurse, medical assistants, scheduling of medical staff and providers, staff evaluations, ordering of supplies, patient tracking, development of patient care initiatives. This clinic closed due to cessation of the Milwaukee County "GAMP" insurance program at MCW. Dec. 2006 – Nov. 2007
FAMILY PRACTICE CLINICIAN
Family Practice Medical Clinic, Branch of Central Plains Clinic Ltd., Beresford, SD
One of two full time certified Physician Assistants, working independently of direct MD supervision,managing the full spectrum of general practice patients in a rural, medically underserved setting - all aspects of family practice and primary care including emergency medical services. Basic radiology and laboratory evaluation also performed independently of support staff while on-call. Management of nursing home patients and weekly nursing home rounds included. MD on site and 10% chart review approximately one-half day per week. June, 1992 - June, 1994.
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, HILLSIDE HEALTH CARE INTERNATIONAL
Responsibilities included oversight of overall operations of a mission clinic in Belize, Central America. Specific duties included the continued development of an international health education program for medical students, medical residents, physician assistant students, nurses and therapists from around the world; recruitment of long term volunteer medical staff, physicians, nurses, therapist; public relations, fund raising; oversight of the Belizean clinic employees; collaboration with US and Belizean organizational partners including educational institutions, the Belize Ministry of Health, and NGOs; and the provision of leadership and reporting to the U.S. board of directors. CEO from July, 2006 – June, 2007. Current board member and fundraiser. Milwaukee, WI
HEALTH PROFESSION PROGRAM DIRECTOR
University of Wisconsin Medical School - Physician Assistant Program Madison, WIResponsibilities included management of all aspects of a twenty-four month PA program for sixty-six students including program accreditation, direct oversight of 12 faculty and staff, securing funding, managing budget, student admissions, and teaching both didactic and clinical curriculum. Annual budget near $1M. Accomplishments have included leading the program to the highest accreditation ranking in its history, development of the nation’s only sustainable distance education program for PA certification, development of interdisciplinary partnerships and programs, acquisition and management of $1.5M in grant funding for new program initiatives, and leadership of the transition of the PA program from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree program. July 2001 through June, 2006.
DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL EDUCATION
University of Wisconsin Medical School - Physician Assistant Program Madison, WIResponsibilities included the development and management of student clinical preceptorships, oversight of clinical faculty, curriculum preparation, student clinical supervision and evaluation, classroom and on-site teaching, grant acquisition and management, faculty development, and professional research.
Significant leadership role in program initiatives. Major accomplishments included the development of a network of 150 clinical preceptorship sites including the program’s first international clinical opportunities and development of the program’s first electronic database to manage clinical preceptor appointments, site availability and student assignments. November, 1996 – July 2001.
DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL EDUCATION
University of Texas - Southwestern, Physician Assistant Program Dallas, TX
Similar duties and responsibilities as employed at the University of Wisconsin. Additional clinical work performed three-four days per month in adult ambulatory medicine at a community oriented primary care clinic. July, 1994 - October, 1996.
DIRECTOR OF ADULT BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Concilio Hispano Incorporated Cambridge, MA
Responsibilities included the creation and management of English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, and Immigration Programs for Hispanics and other linguistic minorities; the writing of grant proposals to acquire Federal, State and private funding; contract negotiation; hiring, training and supervising full and part-time teaching staff and interns; preparation of contract fiscal and performance reports and ultimate responsibility for contract performance. 1989-1990.
OTHER TEACHING AND HUMAN SERVICE WORK EXPERIENCE
FATHER MATIGNON HIGH SCHOOL, Cambridge, MA
Teacher: Ninth and Tenth grade theology. 1987-1988.
OUR LADY OF THE MOUNTAIN PREPARATORY SCHOOL, Anjara, Jordan
Teacher: English as a Second Language, grades 7-8, 1987.
Completed while in Jesuit novitiate, 1986-1987.
ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, Belize, Central America
Teacher: Eleventh grade mathematics and college physics. Coach: Managed the school volleyball team to a championship. Scoutleader: Led a parish troop of thirty boys. 1984-1985.
Completed as part of the newly formed post-graduate Jesuit International Volunteer Program
MIGRANT HEAD-START PROJECT, Fairhope, AL
Staff: Interpreted Spanish for families at day camp for migrant workers' children, created programs to boost staff morale, supervised maintenance of facilities and grounds. Summers, 1982, 1983, 1984.
BOSTON COLLEGE JESUIT INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER, Mexico City, Mexico
Participated in social work research and community development projects with Jesuit, Maryknoll and Sisters of Charity mission groups, 2.5 months during the summer of 1982.
GRANT ACQUISITION AND MANAGEMENT
Managed the Physician Assistant component of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Partnerships for Training Grant for Wisconsin and Minnesota, also known as WisTrec. Ensured grant success through the development of a distance education program for educating Wisconsin and Minnesota students from medically underserved areas, providing access to the PA profession for participants and health care for medically underserved communities. Chaired the Mid-level Provider Utilization Task Force of grant partners to promote the use of NP, PA, and Nurse Midwives. Co-authored an Employment Guide on Midlevel Providers for the hiring and retention of non-physician clinicians.
Acquired and managed four successful Title VII U.S. Bureau of Health Professions Training Grants for PA Education - 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005. Total awarded $1,375,000. Grant initiatives included expansion and enhancements to the distance education PA program; development of a health promotion/disease prevention curriculum; development and utilization of clinical training sites in medically underserved areas; minority student recruitment and retention; development of an evidenced based medicine curriculum; development of a medical informatics CME product for physicians and preceptors; and development of a cultural competency curriculum through web-based learning, standardized patients, and hands-on workshops targeting education about Wisconsin’s Native American, African American, Hispanic and Hmong communities.
Outreach Grant – Grant from UW-Madison’s Office of Continuing Education to fund delivery of three physician assistant program courses to serve non-traditional students through distance education. Awarded January, 2006, $88,000
International Study Grant – Grant from UW-Madison’s Office of International Students and Programs to support student and faculty participation in clinical preceptorship experiences in Mayan Indian villages of Belize, Central America. Awarded March 2000, $7500
Technology Grant – Grant from UW-Madison’s Division of Information Technology to develop and implement clinical cases in interactive CD ROM format for student assignment during clinical rotations and to monitor student progress through examinations and coding of patient encounters via the internet. Awarded June 2000, $33,000
Association of PA Programs Research Grant – A Survey of Accredited PA Programs to Determine the Magnitude and Distribution of Instructional and Non-Instructional Responsibilities. Awarded October, 2004, $4000.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, SCHOLARSHIP, AND LEADERSHIP
Leadership and Committee Positions
- Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
- President - Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants, two terms, current Treasurer
- President – Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants Foundation: 2003-2007
- WI Representative, House of Delegates, American Academy of Physician Assistants, five terms
- President – American Academy of Physician Assistants in Legal Medicine, currently
- Chief Clinical Instructor/Preceptor, St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Emergency Department
- Adjunct Clinical Faculty, University of WI – Madison Physician Assistant Program
- Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Marquette University Department of Physician Assistant Studies
- Executive Council, voting member – Department of Family Medicine, UW-Madison
- Advisory Board Member – Task Force on Medical Education and Workforce of the Wisconsin Medical
Society and Wisconsin Hospital Association
- Committee Member - International Health Advisory Committee, UW Medical School
- Board Member – Hillside Health Care International, 1999-Present
- Committee Member – Appeals and Grievances Committee, UW Medical School
- Chair - PA, NP and CNM Utilization Task Force - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Partnerships for Training "WisTREC" Project, 1998-2002
- Member - Governing Board (Steering Committee) and Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson "WisTREC" Project, 1998-2002
- PA Program Representative - Wisconsin AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) system
- Consortia Chair - Association of Physician Assistant Programs, Midwest Region, 1998-99
- Chair - Health & Safety Commitee, Milwaukee Council, Boy Scouts of America, currently
Scholarship – Professional Contributions
- Dissertation: Physician assistant medical practice in the health care workforce: A retrospective study of medical malpractice and safety comparing physician assistants to physicians and advanced practice nurses, Proquest Dissertations And Theses 2008. Section 0262, Part 0769 223 pages; [Ph.D. dissertation].United States -- Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin - Madison; 2008. Publication Number: AAT 3327837
- Article: Does the Employment of Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners Increase Liability? Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline, Vol. 95 Number 2, Fall 2009
- Publication: Co-author, Physician Assistant portion of “Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives: Employment Guide.” December, 1999, updated annually
- Editor: Physician Assistant Employment Guide, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 editions
- Article: Hillside Health Care Clinic: A Rural Belize International Preceptorship, Journal of Physician Assistant Education, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2007
- Article Reviewer and Article Editor – Perspectives on Physician Assistant Education 1999-2005
- Article: Guidelines of Program Collaboration on the Use of Clinical Training Sites in Perspective on
Physician Assistant Education, Vol. 10, No. 3, Summer 1999
- Article: The Physician Assistant Expert Witness & Consultant: A Guide for Attorneys and Experts at http://www.lectlaw.com/filesh/jnexp01.htm
- Article: A Study of Malpractice and Safety Comparing PAs to Physicians and APNs, The Spectator,
Official Publication of the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants, February, 2009
- Editor: Chronicle Guidance Publications, Inc. Occupational Brief on Physician Assistants, 2002.
- CME Presentation: “I Don’t Want to be Sued!” Risk Management Strategies and Improved Patient Safety for Physician Assistants,” WAPA Spring Conference, April 2010,
AAPA Annual Conference, Atlanta, May 2010
- Presentation: American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference Research Poster,
May 2010, “Malpractice and Liability: the Physician Assistant Factor”
- Radio Show Guest: ReachMD XM 160 Physician Assistant Malpractice and Safety, April 2010
- CME Presentation: “Risk Management for the Physician Assistant,” Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants Spring Conference, April 2009
- Presentation: First Place Award, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Research Poster
“PA Program Graduates Choosing Employment in Medically Underserved Areas,” 1996
- Editor: American Diabetes Association, Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council,
Manual of Nutritional Therapy, 1996
- Workshop Leader: “Computer Literacy for Clinical Practice,”
American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference, 1997,1998
- Presentation: Association of PA Programs, “Medically Underserved PA Employment,” 1996
Presentation: “Effective Utilization of PAs, NPs, and CNMs” at the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation Partnerships for Training Conference, 1998
- Presentation: “Keeping Track of Distance Students’ Clinical Competencies” WisTREC Partnerships for
Training Conference, March 6, 2003
- Faculty Development Workshops– “Eliciting Feedback,” “Effective Precepting,” 1996-1998
- Examination writer and reviewer - Association of Physician Assistant Programs, 1999-2000
- President and Founder, PA Experts Network, Malpractice Case Review and Expert Witness
Consultants for Physician Assistant Practice, ongoing
- Federal Training Grant - Proposal Reviewer: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 1998
- Distance Education Course Reviewer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2002
- Physician Assistant Utilization, Eployment and Risk Management Consultant, New Images Consulting, ongoing
OTHER HONORS, ABILITIES, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
- Chair, Health & Safety Committee, Milwaukee County Council, Boy Scouts of America, current
- Scout Camp Medical Officer, LeFeber Northwoods Camps, Milwaukee Council, BSA
- Assistant Scoutmaster – Boy Scout Troop 61, current
- Youth Ministry Group Leader – Middle School Boys, St. Maria Goretti Church 2001-2005
- Assistant Scoutmaster – Boy Scout Troop 61
- Youth Ministry Group Leader – Middle School Boys, St. Maria Goretti Church 2001-2005
- Chair - Evangelization Committee, Saint Maria Goretti Church, Madison, 1999-2001
- Chair - Advancement Committee and Treasurer, Cub Scout Pack 102, 2001-2004
- International Medical Volunteer – Belize, 1999-2006
- Member - Knights of Columbus, 1992 - 1996
- Medical Director - Town of Beresford Volunteer Ambulance Service, 1992-94
- Chair, United Way fundraising campaign for the town of Beresford, 1994
- The Dr. Ben Lawton Memorial Student Scholarship Award - from the Wisconsin
Academy of Physician Assistants, 1991.
- The Massachusetts Academy of Physician Assistants Student Scholarship Award, 1991
- The State of Arizona Physician Assistant Academy Student Scholarship Award, 1991
- The Albert McGuinn S.J. Award - for excellence in dual disciplines, Boston College, 1984
- Order of Cross and Crown -excellence in academics/human service, Boston College, 1984
- Alpha Epsilon Delta - pre-medical honor society, 1982-1984
- First Place, History research paper, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute competition, 1981
- Eagle Scout, National Eagle Scout Association, since 1979
- Spanish communication ability
- Significant computer/educational technology literacy
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSE
National Commission on Accreditation of Certified Physician Assistants
Certification with Distinction – Continuous renewal since January, 1993, Certificate #931738
State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing - PA License #904-23
US DEA Controlled Substances Prescribing Authorization #MN….77
American Heart Association, Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Former ACLS Instructor
References Available Upon Request.