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Award-winning Physician Associate visits RCSI

31 January 2018

Margaret Allen, PA-C, is currently visiting RCSI as a guest lecturer with the MSc in Physician Associate Studies programme. With 25 years' experience as a PA in the United States, Margaret brings a broad range of knowledge and experience to the programme.

Since graduating from Stanford University's Primary Care Associate Programme as a PA in 1993, Margaret has worked in clinical practice and PA education in both the UK and US. During her four years as a faculty member of the Stanford PA programme, she was twice voted ‘Teacher of the Year'.

In 2009, Margaret received the ‘Service to the Underserved' award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), in recognition of her invaluable contribution to delivering quality healthcare to those living in marginalised communities (click here to see a short video of Margaret's work). A Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA, Margaret also holds a master's degree in Health Law from the University of California. 

Margaret helped develop one of the UK's first PA programmes, at the University of Worcester, where she was involved in curriculum development, admissions, teaching and mentoring. Most recently, Margaret has acted as a clinical instructor and faculty advisor to Stanford University.

Margaret will remain at RCSI for two weeks, where she will deliver lectures on varying topics including the role of the PA, supporting the patient journey, history taking and case presentation. Margaret will return to RCSI later in the year.


Pictured is Margaret Allen PA-C, with some of the second year Physician Associate students.

Margaret Allen with Y2 PA students