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Ralph W. Rice, DHSc, PA-C

Dr. Ralph Rice is the Associate Dean and Director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies. He holds the rank of Associate Professor and joined the School in January, 2011.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of South Florida and his Bachelor of Health Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Florida. Additionally, he holds a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska and a doctorate in health sciences from Nova Southeastern University.

Prior to becoming the Director of the School of PA Studies in January of 2011, Dr. Rice had an impressive history in PA education. He was a faculty member here at the University of Florida’s PA program from 1994 through 1998. He moved into an Academic Coordinator position as a founding faculty member at Missouri State University PA Program in 1999 and remained there until 2006. Dr. Rice accepted a position at Wake Forest University in 2006, and was soon after appointed Associate Director of that program.

Dr. Rice’s academic and research interests include Wilderness and Travel Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Evidence-Based Medicine, Bioethics and Professionalism. On these topics, he has given presentations at state and national conferences and has published articles in leading PA professional journals. Selected recent publications include: “PA Quandary: Is It Ethically Permissible to Mandate Influenza Vaccination for Health Care Workers?” Journal of American Academy of Physician Assistants (2010), “Cat Bites: A Reason for Caution”, Advance for Physician Assistants (2010), “The Clinician Scientist: A Proposed Dual Track MMS-PhD Program”, Journal of Physician Assistant Education (2009).

Dr. Rice’s clinical experience has been in family practice, emergency medicine, pulmonary medicine, and student health. He has practiced in Florida, Missouri, Alaska, and North Carolina. Providing care to the underserved and uninsured became a strong interest of Dr. Rice’s in his clinical work.

Professional memberships include the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. He has served as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Physician Assistant Education, Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Clinician Reviews. He has been a reviewer and evaluator for the PAEA student writing competition since 2008 and previously served as a test item writer for the PACKRAT.

Robert K. Bobilin, PA-C, MS

Mr. Bob Bobilin is Academic Coordinator for the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies and has the rank of Assistant Professor. He joined the faculty in 2006 and also graduated from the (former) UF PA Program.

Mr. Bobilin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology and a Master of Science degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry, both from the University of South Florida. He also holds the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Florida.

After graduating from the UF Program,  Mr.Bobilin entered clinical practice with Digestive Disease Associates, a private practice in Gainesville specializing in gastroenterology. He practiced there for three years before changing paths to become a physician assistant educator. He currently divides his time between the PA classroom (full-time) and part-time clinical practice with the University of Florida Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic.

Mr. Bobilin’s academic interests focus on gastroenterology, specifically new developments in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B&C, and in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. His clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease and viral hepatitis.

In the PA curriculum Mr. Bobilin teaches Behavioral and Community Medicine, Differential Diagnosis and Clinical Problem Solving, Advanced Clinical Practicum, and individual sections of Introduction to Medicine including Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology, and Obstetrics/Gynecology. He also lectures in Physical Diagnosis (male exam, pulmonology, abdomen, and mental status), in Clinical Procedures (suturing and phlebotomy), in Hospital Practicum (sexual history and liver function tests), and in Radiology (abdominal radiology) and serves as small group instructor for the Medical Communications course.

As a Coursemaster, Mr.Bobilin is responsible for courses in Introduction to Medicine, Behavioral and Community Medicine, and Differential Diagnosis and Problem Solving.

Recently Mr. Bobilin has developed a PowerPoint presentation entitled “Prescriptive Practices in Florida” as an updated 3-hour CME course that is prerequisite to qualifying for a license to prescribe approved medications in the State of Florida.

Mr. Bobilin is a member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). He serves as Gainesville Area Representative to FAPA and also serves on the Legislative and Government Affairs Committee of FAPA.

Elizabeth A. Brownlee, MPAS, PA-C

Ms. Liz Brownlee is an Assistant Professor for the University of Florida School of Physician Assistant Studies.  She joined the faculty in May of 2009.

Ms. Brownlee received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Sciences in 2000 from the University of Florida.  Additionally she received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree in 2003, from the University of Florida.

At the School of Physician Assistant Studies, Ms. Brownlee teaches various sections of Introduction to Medicine including Hematology/Oncology, Pulmonology, Care of the Surgical Patient, and Emergency Medicine.  She is the coursemaster of Hospital Practicum and Physical Diagnosis.  Additionally she assists in the Physical Diagnosis lab and Medical Communication lab.

After graduating from the University of Florida, Ms. Brownlee entered clinical practice at the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the University of Florida until 2005.  She then moved to Panama City, where she practiced in Emergency Medicine until 2007.  From 2007-2009 she practiced in a Pulmonology practice as well as Primary Care.

Ms. Brownlee is a member of the Florida Academy of Physicians, the Physician Assistant Education Association, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Shalon R. Buchs, MHS, PA-C

Ms. Shalon Buchs is the Associate Director and the Admissions Coordinator for the School of Physician Assistant Studies. She joined the University of Florida School of Physician Assistant Studies in September 2008 as Assistant Professor. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, a Master of Health Science degree from Duke University, and the Physician Assistant degree also from Duke. This is her first teaching position in PA education.

Ms. Buchs teaches in several sections of Introduction to Medicine including Cardiology, Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine. In addition, she has lecturing responsibilities in Medical Communications, Behavioral and Community Medicine, Physical Diagnosis, Differential Diagnosis, and Laboratory Medicine. She also teaches a large portion of our Electrocardiography course.

As a Coursemaster, Ms. Buchs has directed sections in Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Hematology, Oncology and Emergency Medicine and also serves as Coursemaster for the Electrocardiography and Laboratory Medicine courses.

Ms. Buchs academic interests include interprofessional learning, preventive medicine, evidence-based medicine, and the integration of technology into medical learning and practice. Clinical interests include primary care medicine, women’s health and emergency medicine.

Since completing her own PA education, Ms Buchs has practiced in primary care medicine and emergency medicine. She currently practices in emergency medicine in addition to her full-time role in the School for Physician Assistant Studies.

She has been invited as a speaker to several state conferences in Florida and Georgia on cardiology and EKG related topics.  Additionally, she has been invited to speak at the national PA conference to speak on Over the Counter Drugs in conjuction with a PharmD and also on the topic of Acute Coronary Syndromes.

Ms. Buchs is a member of the Florida Academy of Physicians and serves as the Ocala/Marion County area representative to that organization. She is a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association, and serves on the Awards Committee for the Association.  She is a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Pamela R. Patton, PA-C, MSP

Ms. Pamela Patton joined UF’s School of Physician Assistant Studies in 2014 after 35 years of clinical practice in Transplant & Hepatobiliary Surgery at the University of Florida.   She is proud to transition to fulltime teaching and mentoring of the next generation of practicing physician assistants.

Ms. Patton completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at UF.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics followed by a Bachelor of Science in Medicine degree and Physician Assistant certification in 1978.  Upon graduation Ms. Patton joined the UF College of Medicine’s Department of Surgery and Kidney Transplant team, Florida’s first transplant program in the state.  Ms. Patton’s work expanded to include pancreas and liver transplantation, as well as non-transplant hepatobiliary issues.  Over the years Ms. Patton’s academic interests grew to include clinical database design and tracking of UF’s kidney and pancreas transplant population, clinical research, writing, and publication.  In 1986 Ms. Patton was the first physician assistant to present research to the body of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons at its annual meeting.

Along the way Ms. Patton chose to further her medical education and understanding of basic science research by returning to graduate school full time while continuing clinical duties.  She successfully completed course and thesis work in the area of Pharmacodynamics and was awarded a Master of Science degree in Pharmacy from UF in 1993.  Ms. Patton applied her graduate education to further her work in the area of kidney and pancreas transplant medicine and immunology.  She has served as Principal Investigator and Sub-Investigator on multiple pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trials.  Ms. Patton is an author of over 35 peer-reviewed articles, 18 scientific abstracts, and a book chapter.

Ms. Patton was named Associate Clinical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant programs in 2002 and Clinical Director in 2007. Honors include the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants’ Presidential Award (1981), UF Health Honor a Caregiver recognition (2010), and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons’ 2nd annual Advanced Transplant Provider Award (2012).

Over the years Ms. Patton has chaired or served on the membership of numerous UF and hospital-based committees.  She has contributed leadership to professional organizations including the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, National Kidney Foundation of Florida, and various community programs.  She is currently a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, the Physician Assistant Education Association, and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

In her new role as faculty member Ms. Patton has coursemastered the Pediatrics Medicine section and assisted in the Suture lab for first year students.  Her duties in PA education are evolving, but it is anticipated that Ms. Patton will assist with the PA school Admissions process and teaching Evidence-Based Medicine, coursemaster the Radiology Review, serve as small group instructor for Medical Communications, Physical Diagnosis, and Problem Based Learning classes, and serve as Advisor to students for the duration of their PA training.