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Drew Garcia

Senior Lecturer Physician Associate

Institute of Health & Society

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Drew began working in medicine as a Volunteer EMS provider in Central California in 1986. Enlisting in the US Navy, he was trained as a Hospital Corpsman and over 11 years worked in Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, the US Marine Corps, and as a flight paramedic. When he left the service – he was accepted to the University of Washington, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant training program in 1999 and graduated in 2001. In 2005, he obtained his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska.

After graduation, he worked in rural primary care and emergency medicine in Western Washington. Since then he has worked in a variety of settings and practices to include endocrinology, nephrology, lipidology and International Health Care. He has been instrumental in initiating programs; including the first ever use of PAs as Hospitalists and the only sub-specialty lipid clinic in the state of Idaho.

Drew has been a member of the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants (Board member for 3 years); American Academy of Physician Assistants; National Lipids Association and the Pacific Lipids Association (Board Member for 5 years). He is Board Certified in Clinical Lipidology and a Fellow of the National Lipids Association.

Drew began his education career at his alma mater, University of Washington MEDEX Northwest PA Program where he was the module lead for Emergency Medicine, Pharmacology and Basic Clinical Skills. Since arriving at Worcester, he has taken on the module leadership of the Biosciences and Pharmacology course and Behavioural Medicine. He has a passion to bring more veteran members into the Physician Associate profession in the UK and is helping to explore “yellow ribbon” options and bridging opportunities for UK Veterans.