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, Ralph had an impressive history PA education. He was a faculty member here at the University of Florida’s PA program from1994 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. Ralph accepted a position at Wake Forest University in 2006 and was soon after appointed Associate Director of that program.
Ralph’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).
Ralph’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 Ralph’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.
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.
Bob 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, Bob 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.
Bob’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 Bob 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, Bob is responsible for courses in Introduction to Medicine, Behavioral and Community Medicine, and Differential Diagnosis and Problem Solving.
Recently Bob 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.
Bob 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.
Liz Brownlee is an Assistant Professor for the University of Florida School of Physician Assistant Studies. She joined the faculty in May of 2009.
Liz 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, Liz 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, Liz 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.
Liz is a member of the Florida Academy of Physicians, the Physician Assistant Education Association, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Shalon Buchs is 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, the 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.
Shalon teaches 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, Shalon 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.
Shalon’s academic interests include 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, Shalon 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.
Shalon 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 Associatation. She is a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Randy Mahoney is a Clinical Coordinator for the UF School of Physician Assistant Studies and has the rank of Assistant Professor. He joined the faculty in 2011.
After completing his undergraduate education at Duke University, he served as a Naval Officer and Aviator, both in active duty and in the Naval Reserve. He then entered commercial aviation as Captain and Check Airman of a major airline, retiring in 1997. He received his Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Florida in 2001, and entered clinical practice with North Florida Dermatology Associates, where he practiced general and surgical dermatology until joining the faculty at UF.
Randy’s academic and clinical interests include identification and treatment of pigmented skin lesions, the use of dermoscopy to detect malignant melanoma, and treatment of acne vulgaris with isotretinoin.
As a coursemaster, Randy directs the Geriatrics course in Introduction to Medicine II, and also teaches in the Advanced Clinical Practicum course.
He is a member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, and the International Dermoscopy Society.
Karen Mulitalo is the Associate Director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies. She joined the faculty in June 2011 and holds the rank of Associate Professor.
Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Utah. Karen graduated from the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program in 1996. She received her Master’s Degree from the same program in 2003.
Prior to joining the UF faculty, Karen worked in PA education for 13 years. She has experience as teaching faculty at various institutions including the University of Utah and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Her most recent employment prior to joining the UF faculty was as the director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of Queensland in Queensland, Australia. Karen spent four years developing and adapting a PA curriculum for the context of the Australian health care system.
Clinically, her interests are family practice and underserved populations. Other interests include educational technology, PA workforce diversity and the development of the PA profession internationally with particular interest in Pacific region. Karen has held many professional leadership positions and enjoys active membership in PAEA, AAPA and the International Academy of Physician Associate Educators (IAPAE) where she is currently a director at large. In 2012, Karen was selected to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Physician Assistant Historical Society.