Two new faculty members have joined the School of Medicine’s Masters of Medical Science Physician Assistant program as it prepares to welcome its inaugural class next January.
Holli Paulk, M.B.A., M.P.A.S., assistant teaching professor, will serve as the program’s clinical coordinator and be involved in curriculum development, lectures and clinical instruction. Brad Dirks, M.Ed., P.A.-C., also an assistant teaching professor, will be involved in curriculum development and didactic instruction.
Paulk received her B.S. Physician Assistant degree and an M.B.A. from South University in Savannah, Ga., received a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Her 10-year career as a Physician Assistant has featured a focus in gastroenterology, hepatology, liver transplant and also in health care administration.
Paulk came to Kansas City from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, and currently works with the liver transplant program at Saint Luke’s Hospital.
Dirks graduated from the Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant program and obtained a Masters in Education/Counseling from Wichita State University. He has worked in Family Practice, Orthopedics and Neurosurgery. For 11 years, Dirks was the associate director of the Psychiatry Fellowship for Physician Assistants at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute in Cherokee, Iowa, and managed an inpatient and outpatient psychiatry practice.
He lives with his wife Kathleen in Belton, Mo., and has three adult daughters.