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Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-2872
Elisa Sterner, M.P.A.S., PA-C is a principal faculty member and lecturer in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Since being appointed as faculty with the physician assistant program in May 2013, her primary focus has been the development and coordination of the patient evaluation courses which provide students with essential clinical skills in medical history taking and physical examination, areas in which students consistently score well on preceptor evaluations during their clinical training. Prior to joining the faculty of the department, Sterner practiced clinically as a physician assistant in outpatient family medicine in both urban and suburban settings. In her role she focused on health promotion and preventative care, women’s health, and coordinating grants centering on improvement of clinical care and outcomes for diabetic patients and provision of clinical breast exams and imaging in underserved populations. Also, she served as coordinator and preceptor for physician assistant students rotating in family medicine. Sterner graduated from Taylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and received a Master of Science in Biology from Purdue University before completing her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree at the University of Iowa.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Sterner serves as a faculty advisor, a member of the curriculum committee, and chair of the awards and scholarships committee for the department. She is also involved in the ongoing development and implementation of objective structured clinical examinations throughout the curriculum.