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Courtney Fankhanel, MMSc, PA-C

Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine; Director of Clinical Education, Physician Associate Program; Associate Program Director, Yale Physician Associate Program

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Courtney Fankhanel, MMSc, PA-C

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Courtney Fankhanel joined the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program faculty in 2016 and is currently an Assistant Professor. She is the director of clinical education as well as serves as course director of EKG, surgical skills, transition, and callback curriculum.

Courtney is a physician assistant who graduated with an MMSc from Yale Physician Associate Program in 2008. She has been practicing clinically in cardiac surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital since 2009.

Her academic role includes:

  • Develop and assess the clinical curriculum
  • Maintain accreditation standards for clinical curriculum
  • Maintain, evaluate, and collaborate with clinical partners
  • Lecturer and workshop leader for intro to surgery, transitional skills, cardiology didactics, EKG course, ultrasound, simulation, procedural competencies.
  • Academic advisement of students
  • Committee member on Admissions, Program Assessment, and Educational Policy and Curriculum
  • Clinical experience as a Cardiac Surgery PA at Yale New Haven Hospital in both the surgical and critical care setting.

Education & Training

  • CHAMP Faculty Development Program
    Yale School of Medicine (2022)
  • Medical Education Fellowship
    Yale School of Medicine (2020)
  • MMSc
    Yale University School of Medicine, Physician Associate Program (2008)
  • BS
    University of Scranton, Biology (2006)


  • Board Certification
    National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Physician Assistant - Medical (2009, recertified: 2021)


  • All Hands on Deck: Covid-19 Preparedness Education with Emerging Evidence
    All Hands on Deck: Covid-19 Preparedness Education with Emerging Evidence 2021
    PAEA Education Forum

Professional Service

Enhancing Faculty Engagement in Medical Education CommitteeParticipant2022 - Present
Preceptor Education and Support CommitteeParticipant2022 - Present
The Journal of Physician Assistant EducationReviewer2021 - Present
Yale Physician Associate Student Scholarship Development CommitteeCo-Director2021 - Present
Medical Education Day Steering CommitteeParticipant2021 - Present
Physician Assistant ClinicsGuest Editor to Surgical Edition2019 - 2021
Yale Physician Associate Program, Inter-professional Longitudinal Clinical ExperienceParticipant2016 - 2020
Yale Physician Associate Program, Admissions CommitteeMember2016 - Present
Yale Physician Associate Program, Program Assessment Committee (PAC)Member2016 - Present
Yale Physician Associate Program, Education Policy and Curriculum Committee (EPCC)Member2016 - Present
Yale School of Medicine, Interprofessional Palliative Care WorkshopPlanning Committee2016 - Present
Yale School of Medicine, Surgery Clerkship WorkgroupMember2016 - Present
Connecticut Physician Assistant FoundationThe CT PAF is a philanthropic foundation that raises money to provide PA student Scholarships to PA students from CT or in a CT PA program.2016 - Present
Physician Assistant Education AssociationMember2016 - Present
Yale School of Medicine, Heart & Vascular Center Quality and Safety CommitteeMember2011 - 2016
Yale New Haven Health, Heart & Vascular Center PA/NP Education CommitteeDirector2009 - 2016
Yale New Haven Health, HVC Category 1 Educational Lecture SeriesDirector2009 - 2016
Connecticut Academy of Physician AssistantsMember2009 - Present
American Academy of Physician AssistantsMember2009 - Present
Connecticut Academy of Physician AssistantsConnAPA Student Representative2006 - 2008

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