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Mary Showstark

Assistant Professor Adjunct; Affiliate Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Affiliate Faculty, Yale Institute of Global Health

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Mary Showstark, BA, MPAS, FAWM

Research Summary

My research interests include expanding the healthcare workforce and uniting physician assistants (PA) and comparable professions aka non-physician clinicians (clinical officers/assistant medical officers etc). I am on the board of Physician Assistants for Global Health (PAGH), liaison to International PA Organization (IPAO), communications director of the International Academy of PA Educators (IAPAE), global ambassador to the American Academy of PAs, and creator of IFPACS International Federation of Physician Assistant/Physician Associate/ Clinical Officer/Clinical Associate/Comparable Student Association(, a student federation supporting PA and comparable students.

I have linked together the advocacy organizations through IPAO, hosting meetings and connecting the advocacy groups to each other. Through IAPAE, I lead educator meetings and have collected curricula from over 30 schools to map on a program called LOOOP. I am mentoring the students to create an international organization like the medical students' organization- IFMSA, and helping the students create national organizations in their country with the help of the educators and advocacy groups. I am consulting with the World Health Organization on the framework to encompass our profession entitled: Global Competency Framework for Universal Healthcare and collaborating with Interprofessional.Global to rewrite the 2010 Interprofessional Framework for an update to be submitted to the WHO.

I am also the creator of VIPE (Virtual Interprofessional Education) and AFRI-VIPE, a virtual interprofessional collaborative that spans across 30 countries and 60 universities.

Current Research/Past Grants

2020 ORAU Travel Grant to Knoxville to discuss Phase 2 for disaster communications

2020 Scope of Practice in Global PAs

2020 Alternative Treatments for Depression: Student Mentor

2019 Josiah Macy Foundation Grant Recipient for IPE $25K

2020 PI: CBD usage and athletes: Student Mentor

2019 PI: Reiss Motivational Profile: Assessing the Motivational Profile of PA Students

2019 PI: USC Analysis of Affordable Care Act and Trauma Disparities: Student Mentor

2019 PI: Fear in Surfing Utilizing fMRI in collaboration with Red Bull

2019-ongoing PI: Using Virtual Reality to Teach Physician Assistant Students about Congenital Heart Defects

2018 PI: Plastic vs. Metal Speculum in Teaching Physician Assistant Students

2018-ongoing PI: Virtual Interprofessional Education: Can it be Done?

2018 PI: Using Virtual Reality to Teach Physician Assistant Students about Congenital Heart Defects

2018 PI: Using Augmented Reality to Teach Physician Assistant Students about Hand-washing

2016 PI: Exploring the Sexual Attitudes of Physician Assistant Students

2015 PI: The Effects of Pranayama and Physician Assistant Students


Research Interests

Africa; Botswana; Burundi; Competency-Based Education; Ethiopia; Europe; Ghana; Health Workforce; Indonesia; International Educational Exchange; Interprofessional Relations; Kenya; Laos; Liberia; Malawi; Malaysia; Mozambique; Organizations; Philippines; Public Health; Rwanda; Sierra Leone; Somalia; South Africa; Tanzania; Tropical Medicine; Uganda; Global Health; Zambia; Zimbabwe; Problem-Based Learning; Needs Assessment; Australasia; Disaster Medicine; Wilderness Medicine; Capacity Building; Travel Medicine; Interdisciplinary Studies; Health Care; South Sudan; Interdisciplinary Placement; Virtual Reality

Public Health Interests

Global Health

Selected Publications