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Michele A. Schultz, MPAS, PA-C, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She has a strong focus on teaching History and Physical Examination (H&P) and prepares students using her copyrighted ‘Head to Toe’ teaching CD that instructs the performance of efficient, comprehensive exams in clinical practice. The IU School of Medicine has used this CD for Family Practice resident physicians. Schultz established a Genital Training Program (GTA), to recruit and train standardized patients for physical exams. This resulted in a training collaboration with the IU Fairbanks Simulation center. With the evolution of evidenced based evaluations for select H&P techniques versus diagnostic testing, Schultz assessed whether the H&P still holds value. Results, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants “Does the history and physical examination still matter?” demonstrates the H&P continues to add significant value. Within her courses, Ms. Shultz discusses the impact of poverty-related health disparities on patient care and uses Gamification as a teaching strategy. She has published ‘Play SPENT: Use of an online game to Evaluate Health Professions Students Attitudes toward people in Poverty,’ in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Schultz first seven years as a physician assistant, were spent in rural upstate New York, practicing family medicine and internal medicine. The remaining five years of her family medicine practice took place in Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Indiana, each within Federally Qualified Health Center designated practices. Schultz was the first Physician Assistant to be hired within the Indiana University Family Medicine group and it was there that she was introduced to precepting medical and physician assistant students.
In August of 1997, Schultz joined the principal faculty of Butler University’s Physician Assistant program. Her primary faculty responsibility was for the History and Physical Examination course. She also taught Social and Behavioral Medicine and participated in the Therapeutics and Diagnostics and Clinical Medicine for PAs, assisted as a clinical coordinator in securing clinical sites, and taught patient evaluation to Butler’s Physician Assistant and Pharmacy students.
In July of 2014, Schultz joined the faculty of the Indiana University Department of Physician Assistant Studies to assist with clinical coordination and teach within the didactic and clinical year. Her teaching responsibilities have included delivery of the Physician Assistant Seminar, Concepts in Physician Assistant Leadership, Clinical skills lab, Introduction to Physician Assistant profession, Clinical Medicine Geriatric, Pulmonary and Radiology modules, Behavioral Medicine, facilitator of a patient evaluation lab, and facilitator for Therapeutics Pulmonary module.
Schultz has been involved in the IU Interprofessional Education (IPE) institutional initiative to embed throughout the Health Sciences undergraduate and graduate student curriculums, opportunities for health professional students to learn with, from and about each other. This resulted in a poster presentation of ‘Peer Led Team Learning in an Immersion-Level, Large-Scale Interprofessional Education Event’ presented at the Indiana IPE Conference Collaborative in 2017 and co-creation of an IU SHRS IPE educational video, designed to illustrate IPE problem solving between PT/OT/PA professionals. In May, 2018 Schultz was inducted into the PAEA Pi Alpha, national honor society for Physician Assistants, for distinguished scholarship. She is also Co-PI on a curriculum enhancement grant: “enhancing clinical reasoning skills in physician assistant students,” which was funded in March 2018.
Schultz earned a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary nursing and biology from Our Lady of the Elms College, Chicopee MA in 1984. She earned a Physician Assistant Associate of Applied Science degree from Albany Medical College/ Hudson Valley Community College, Albany, New York, in 1986. Schultz earned a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical School in 2012. Her professional affiliations include Access to Health Care, Indiana Center for Nursing (2013-present), Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History (2005-present), Physician Assistant Education Association (2000-present), American Academy of Physician Assistant Fellow (1987-present), and Indiana Academy of Physician Assistant Fellow (1997-present). Shultz is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed by the State of Indiana licensed Physician Assistant and is NCCPA national PA-C, Physician Assistant Certified.