Susan White, M.D. is the Program Director of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. She joined PA program in 2013 as the Director of Didactic Curriculum as one of the founding faculty and became program director in 2019.
She has served on several national committees for the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) most recently serving as the Chair of the Exam Development Board for Women’s Health, Pediatrics and Psychiatry and now serves as an item writer. Her scholarship has focused on PA education and curriculum development in the areas of Obstetrics and Gynecology, social determinants of health and interprofessional education. Her novel Prenatal Care Workshop is open source for medical educators (available at https://www.apaog.org/Prenatal-Care-Workshop).
She was a 2014-2015 Gold Humanism Scholar at the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators where she developed a novel longitudinal integrated clerkship for PA students with a colleague from Cambridge Health Alliance. From 2016- 20221 she was a co-investigator on a 5-year primary care transformation grant funded by HRSA in collaboration with the BUSM Department of Family Medicine which developed a novel community heath center based interprofessional care clinic.
In 2007 she became a full-time faculty member and Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she served as the Program Director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies – Manchester/Worcester for three years. In 2009, she received the Teacher of the Year Award and in 2010 won the Faculty Research and Scholarship Award.
Dr. White received her B.A. in Biology and Environmental Science from Wesleyan University and her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. Her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology was completed at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She practices gynecology at Boston Medical Center, having practiced previously in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
The ability to care for a diverse population of patients and to train PA students to do the same drew me to the PA Program in the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine at Boston University in 2013. Prior to that I served a rural and urban patient population in New Hampshire as a community based Obstetrician and Gynecologist for 20 years.
While my lived experience is primarily privileged, I did attend medical school at a time when women in medicine were rare and readily recall the feeling of isolation. My medical school class was about 30% female and there were very few professors or attendings who were women. Arriving in Nashua NH to begin my career, I was the second female ObGyn in the city. That experience lead me to develop an informal network of mentoring and advocating for girls interested in pursuing further education particularly in the STEM fields. I was a Girl Scout troop leader for many years, providing leadership opportunities for girls, and served as mentor to our school system to promote college education for girls.
I am committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in academia and the health professions. Providing a supportive, positive and welcoming environment for students, staff and faculty that enables professional growth, academic achievement and personal happiness is important to me. As Program Director of the PA Program, I have mentored our team to develop a more holistic and inclusive application review, remove standardized testing, and use Multiple Mini Interviews to reduce bias in our application process.
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine
Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
White Coat Ceremony Grant for Physician Assistant Program
06/16/2014 - 09/25/2015 (PI)The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Developing Humanism in a new longitudinal integrated clerkship (DH-NLIC)
10/01/2014 - 07/31/2015 (PI)The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
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White Susan E. Prenatal Care Workshop and Curriculum. Available at the Association of PAs in Obstetrics and Gynecology website at https://apaog.wildapricot.org/Prenatal-Care-Workshop
. 2023. View Publication
Miselis H, Zawacki S, White S, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L, Mostow C, Furlong J, Mott K, Kumar A, Winter MR, Berklein F, Jack B. . Interprofessional education in the clinical learning environment: a mixed-methods evaluation of a longitudinal experience in the primary care setting. J Interprof Care. 2022; 1-11. View Publication
White SE, Altongy-Magee K, Cooper C, Hixon J, Honda T, Milch C, Murphy R, Riethle T, Walker L, Berkowitz O. Adopting Graduate Competencies in Opioid Prescribing for Massachusetts Physician Assistant Programs: A Statewide Public Health Response. J Physician Assist Educ. 2019 Dec; 30(4):207-213.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31664008
Berkowitz O, Goldgar C, White SE, Warner ML. A National Survey of Quality Improvement Education in Physician Assistant Programs. J Physician Assist Educ. 2019 Mar; 30(1):1-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30801553
Warner ML, White S, Reffel A. Negotiating on Behalf of Your Program. J Physician Assist Educ. 2017 Jun; 28(2):116-118.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28509840
Kayingo G, Hass VM. The Health Professions Educator: A Practical Guide for New and Established Faculty. Distance Education Strategies. Springer Publishing Company. New York. 2017. View Publication
Berkowitz O, White SE, Goldgar C, Brisotti MF, Warner ML. Defining quality improvement education for physician assistants. J Physician Assist Educ. 2014; 25(4):55-60.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25622377
Massey S, Lee L, White SE, Goldsmith CW. The effects of synchronized distance education (SDE) on anxiety, depression, and academic achievement in first year doctor of pharmacy students in an accelerated curriculum. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2012; 4:285-291.
White SE. Similar yet different: Observations of physician assistant education from a physician faculty member. J Physician Assist Educ. 2010; 21(4):56-7. PMID: 21366119
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2019 Boston University :
Best Faculty Abstract
2015-2015 Arnold P Gold Foundation :
Gold Humanism Scholar, Harvard Macy Program for Healthcare Educators
2010 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences :
Faculty Research Award
2009 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences :
Teacher of the Year, School of Health Sciences