Whitney Simmons, MPAS, PA-C
Principal Faculty
James Madison University
Whitney Simmons is a certified physician assistant (PA-C) who currently serves as an instructional faculty member for the James Madison University PA Program and serves as co-chair of the Interprofessional Education Committee for the Department of Health Professions. She provides 13 years of clinical practice experience as a primary care PA-C treating a wide range of patients from newborns to geriatrics. She has worked for both a private practice as well as a healthcare corporation allowing her to understand the demand it requires to provide high quality, evidence-based collaborative care to each patient as a physician assistant.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Interprofessional collaboration matters. Not only does it affect the quality of care clients receive, it affects the work climate and integration of interprofessional education (IPE) in health profession programs across all fields. In order for health practitioners to be effective interprofessional collaborators, interprofessional education (IPE) must be systematically integrated into their curriculum to support the development of foundational knowledge, skills, and core values necessary to navigate Interprofessional Practice (IPP). Students must learn not only how to provide patient care…