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Jane McDaniel

Lecturer; Director of Alumni Affairs, Yale PA Online Program; Emeritus Chair of Admissions, Yale PA Online Program

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Jane McDaniel, MS, MLS, SC

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Jane McDaniel joined the faculty of the Yale PA Online Program in November 2017 as one of the founding program faculty.  She is the course director for Diagnostic Studies I and III, Preparing Future PAs: EBM, and Preparing Future PAs: Ethics, is a facilitator for Problem-Based Learning, and serves on multiple academic committees. Jane earned her Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.  She is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) as a medical laboratory scientist with an additional certification as a specialist in chemistry.  In 2015, she earned a Master of Science degree in Medical Education Leadership from the University of New England.  

She has worked as a medical laboratory scientist in hospitals in Huntington, WV; Big Rapids, MI; Richmond, VA; and Greensboro, NC. In 1995, Jane began her career in PA education teaching clinical laboratory medicine to PA students at the Wake Forest School of Medicine PA Program. This beginning sparked her enthusiasm for PA education, and she went on to become the course director for the clinical and diagnostic skills course, coordinator of the basic medical skills workshops, facilitator of small groups in Wake Forest's inquiry-based learning curriculum, and student assessment evaluator for simulated patient case scenarios. She was also instrumental in structuring course curriculum for the Wake Forest PA Program satellite campus at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  In addition to her faculty position, Jane was also the director of admissions for the Wake Forest School of Medicine PA Program from 2003 to 2016, and a member of the research team from 2016-2017.

Jane has also served the PA profession on the national level, as a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Recruitment and Admissions Advisory Council for eight years and as chair of the committee for six years.  Most recently, she has served on the PAEA Board of Directors as a Director at Large from 2015 through 2018, and currently serves as secretary of the PAEA Board of Directors since 2019. She has authored numerous articles, which have been published in JPAE, JAAPA, Clinician Reviews and Medical Science Educator, and has presented posters and been an invited speaker at local, state, national and international meetings.  Jane has received numerous teaching and service awards during her career, including the PAEA Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012 and the Yale Med Ed Day Poster Award for Innovation in Education in 2018.  Her clinical and academic interests include laboratory medicine and interpretation of laboratory testing, problem-based learning, PA admissions, curriculum design and evaluation, and online education. 

Education & Training

  • MS
    University of New England, Medical Education Leadership (2015)
  • BS (Hon)
    Marshall University, Medical Technology (1973)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Yale Med Ed Day Poster Award for Innovation in EducationYale School of Medicine2018
Associate Member in the Office of Women in Medicine and ScienceWake Forest School of Medicine2017
Katherine Anderson Society AwardWake Forest School of Medicine Physician Assistant Class of 20152015
Outstanding Achievement AwardPhysician Assistant Education Association2012
Wake Forest University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program Teaching AwardWake Forest School of Medicine PA Program2002

Professional Service

Yale Physician Assistant Online ProgramChair of Admissions2021 - Present
Marshall University Alumni Association Board of Directors, Marshall University Alumni AssociationThe Marshall University Alumni Association is dedicated to advancing the goals and objectives of Marshall University as a premier research and teaching institution. Guided by the strategic priorities of the University, the MUAA pursues lifelong, mutually beneficial relationships between all constituent groups and organizations resulting in optimal levels of engagement and philanthropic support. In our daily work, we maintain a commitment to strengthening partnerships among the University community while facilitating the processes of communication, collaboration, and leadership in the field of development. At all times, we promote the very best of everything Marshall university has to offer.2019 - Present
Physician Assistant Education Association Board of Directors, Physician Assistant Education AssociationSecretary2019 - Present
Yale Physician Assistant Online ProgramDirector of Admissions2017 - 2020
Yale Physician Assistant Online ProgramAdmissions Committee2017 - Present
Physician Assistant Education Association Board of Directors, Physician Assistant Education AssociationDirector-at-Large2015 - 2018
Physician Assistant Education AssociationResponsibility for all Association activities lies with the PAEA Board of Directors. The Board administers the Association’s financial affairs, appoints standing and ad hoc committees, and conducts all Association business between membership meetings. Board members are elected by the PAEA member programs.2015 - Present
Physician Assistant Education AssociationChair, Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) Advisory Committee2008 - 2013
Physician Assistant Education AssociationCentral Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) Advisory Committee2005 - 2007

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