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Karen Graham

Specialty area(s)

Geriatrics, Evidence-Based Medicine, PA Education Research

Brief biography

I have been a licensed and certified PA since 2000, with experience in a sub-specialty practice (movement disorders) as well as in primary care in a variety of settings (outpatient, inpatient, and long-term care). Currently, I see patients at the St. Clare Health Mission. I began my teaching career at the University of Toledo PA Program in 2005 and joined the faculty here at UW-L in 2009. Mentoring the next generation of PAs is my passion, and to this end I completed my doctoral degree in higher education in 2012. I am honored to be a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and have been active in the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants as a committee member, program liaison, and past secretary/treasurer. I am a current member of the Physician Assistant Education Association's Government Relations Steering Committee and a former member of the Research Council and Education Subcommittee. My research in the field of PA faculty issues is ongoing.

Current courses at UWL

PAS 654 Evidence Based Medicine

PAS 647 Clinical Practice Skills

PAS 681 Medical Diagnostics

Education

PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Toledo
MPAS (Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies) from the University of Iowa

Research and publishing

Graham, K. & Campbell P. (2018, October). Descriptive Analysis of Non-PA Faculty in PA Educational Programs. Poster presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Anaheim, CA.

Beltyukova, S. & Graham, K. (2017). Predictors of Physician Assistant Faculty Intent to Leave Academia: A Rasch Regression Analysis. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 28(1), 10-17.

Graham, K. (2016, October).  PA Faculty Identity and Leadership Aspirations. Poster presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Minneapolis, MN.

Graham, K. (2016, October).  Predictors of PA Faculty Intent to Leave Academia. Paper presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Minneapolis, MN.

Graham, K. (2016, January). Application of Rasch Methodology to Develop and Validate a Measure of Intention to Stay in Academia for Physician Assistant Faculty. Presentation at Faculty Research Day, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Coniglio, D., Cawley, J, & Graham, K. (2015, November).  Exploring Best Practices in Faculty Recruitment and Retention. Presentation at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Washington DC.

Graham, K. (2015, November).  PA Faculty Perceptions of Supportive Environment by Age and Gender. Poster presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Washington DC.

Harvey, N. & Graham, K. (2015). Dermoscopy significantly improves the accuracy of diagnosing malignant melanoma. Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants, 9(2), 34-35.

Graham, K. (2015). Understanding evidence-based medicine: sensitivity, specificity, and confidence intervals. Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants, 9(2), 35.

Graham, K. & Beltyukova, S. (2015). Development and initial validation of a measure of intention to stay in academia for physician assistant faculty. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 26(1), 10-18.

Erie, S. & Graham, K. (2015). A review of herpes zoster. Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants, 9(1), 18-23.

Coniglio, D., Cawley, J, & Graham, K. (2014, October). Conceptualizing Faculty Worklife. Presentation at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Philadelphia, PA

Nevid, MS. & Graham, K. (2013). Stress-induced psychocutaneous manifestations. Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants, 7(2), 18-22.

Graham, K. (2013, October). Validation of a measure of intention to stay in academia for physician assistant faculty. Paper presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Memphis, TN.

Graham, K. (2013, October). Conceptualization of the construct of intention to stay in academia for physician assistant faculty. Paper presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Memphis, TN.

Graham, K. (2011). Understanding evidence-based medicine: writing clinical questions. Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants, 5(3), 32.

Johnson, M. & Graham, K. (2010). Diagnosis and surgical treatment of normal pressure hydrocephalus. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 23(5), 51-56.

Bamber, P. & Graham, K (2010). Quality of life in patients with psoriasis: more than skin deep. Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants, 4(1), 16-19.

Hemmer, K. & Graham, K. (2009). Huntington’s disease: Genes, tests and treatments. Advance for Physician Assistants, 17(9), 20-24.

Finch, A. & Graham, K. (2009). Does treatment of new onset hypertension reduce risk of stroke in the elderly? Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 22(8), 49-50.

Graham, K. (2008, October). Depression and burnout in physician assistant students: A pilot study. Paper presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Savannah, GA.

Pace, A. & Graham, K. (2008). Approach to the patient with mild cognitive impairment. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 21(8), 40-44.

Graham, K. (2008). Detecting cogwheel rigidity. Clinician Reviews, 18(4), 8.
[clinical pearl, not peer reviewed]

Josif, S. & Graham, K. (2008). The diagnosis and treatment of dementia with Lewy bodies. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 21(5), 22-26.

Graham, K. (2007, October). A theory on the development of professional identity in physician assistant students. Paper presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum, Tucson, AZ.

Suter, A. & Graham, K. (2007). Hyperbaric oxygen for diabetic foot ulcers. Advance for Physician Assistants, 15(4), 35-40.

Graham, K. (2001). Hypercholesterolemia in elderly patients: Evidence-based medicine applied to a common clinical question. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 14(1), 16-27.