Clinical Education Coordinator and Instructor PA Education
Kathleen Bianco graduated from Western University’s Physician Assistant program in 2003 and has since practiced as a PA in family and occupational medicine. In 2016 she completed a PhD in public health and subsequently became an employee in the College of Health Sciences. She teaches two classes for two departments, The Introduction to Clinical Education for PA department and The Foundations of the U.S. Health Care System for Health Science department.
Her research consists of her dissertation on diabetes mellitus affecting the development of Alzheimer’s disease in Hispanic/Latinos as well as four abstracts submitted to the APHA as poster presentations. However, the most interesting research adventure has been on two different studies on empathy.
Western University’s PA school is one of eight schools nationwide that participated in a survey on empathy using the Jefferson Scale of Empathy instrument. This study’s goal is to develop a screening tool to be used during the admissions process. The first group of students and faculty nationwide completed the inaugural study in June 2019. The second study was Kathleen’s personal study on empathy that she instigated using the second-year students before their rotation year. The instrument used is the TEIQue developed by K.V. Petrides, a self-reported measure of emotionally and socially intelligent behavior. The first year this was implemented was with the MSPA 2019 class, in the summer of 2018. Now every PA cohort that is entering their rotations year takes this survey pre-rotations and post-rotations. She also was involved in writing a capstone project for five DPT students last year.
Kathleen Bianco is an experienced physician assistant, instructor, and clinical rotation manager. She is driven by providing PA students awareness of public health issues to enhance their learning and application of these ideas to their practice.
Kathleen Bianco PhD, MSPA-C
Friday, September 24, 2021
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET