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Rea Katz, PhD, PA-C

Associate Professor, Associate Vice President of Faculty Development

Dr. Katz has been a practicing physician assistant for over 35 years and has worked in physician assistant education since 2000. She earned her BA in cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a couple years later graduated from the Johns Hopkins University Health Associate (i.e. physician assistant) Program with a BS degree. In 1988, Dr. Katz earned a MS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a concentration in medical anthropology. In May of 2011, she completed her dissertation entitled, Becoming Culturally Competent: Clinical Service Learning in Physician Assistant Education, receiving a PhD from the Marquette University's (Milwaukee, WI) School of Education.

As a physician assistant, Dr. Katz has worked in family practice, women's health, neurology, emergency medicine, school health and pediatrics. She joined the RFUMS Physician Assistant faculty in 2005 and in 2013 was appointed the Director of Faculty Development for the University, now Associate Vice President for Faculty Development. For 9 years, Dr. Katz coordinated Healthy Families Clinic’s pediatric service, a student-centered, free clinic now located at the RUHS clinic in North Chicago. She presently is the Coordinator for the Master’s Project research in the Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Katz’s interest in curriculum design is reflected in the courses she has developed and taught, including: Cultural Competence in Health Care, Pediatrics, Population Medicine, and Emergency Medicine, and in the expansion of faculty development programming and resources to support educational expertise within the RFUMS faculty. Dr. Katz teaches online courses in the Interprofessional Healthcare Studies Department (IPHS) including Introduction to Doctoral Studies, Classroom Assessment, and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom. She was appointed as Interim Director for the IPHS Doctoral Program during 2015.

Dr. Katz has witnessed many changes in the delivery of health care and in physician assistant education over the past 4 decades; and believes that all people have a right to high quality medical services from compassionate and culturally and medically competent clinicians. In addition, she takes a global view of health care having had the opportunity to work in clinics in Belize and Guatemala. Dr. Katz is a proponent of interprofessional education that prepares health care professional students to work respectfully and effectively together to provide patient-centered, evidence-based health care.

Curriculum vitae


  • Master's Project
  • Population Medicine (2005-2012)
  • Emergency Medicine (2008-2010)
  • Pediatrics (2006-2012)
  • Professional Issues and Ethics (2006-2011)
  • Geriatrics (2006)

Research & Scholarship

Paper Presentations/Posters

  • Introductions to Faculty-to- Faculty Mentoring: An Interprofessional Approach, AAMC GFA Professional Development Conference, July 2016
  • Faculty Perceptions of the Academic Environment: Addressing Cultural Factors in Faculty Development and Does it make a Difference? AAMC GFA Professional Development Conference, July 2015
  • Can Developing a Faculty Development Program based on a Needs Assessment Survey reduce Divergence between Requests and Attendance? AAMC GFA Professional Development Conference, July 2015
  • Focused Discussion Session:Public Health in the PA Curriculum: Making Population Medicine Relevant,PAEA Forum, Seattle, WA (2012)
  • Spotlight:Celebrating Your Program’s Hx: Plan, Collect, and Display, PAEA Forum, New Orleans, LA (2011)
  • Spotlight:Evidence-Based Prevention:Use of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guidelines to Teach Prevention in the Clinical Setting, PAEA Forum, Baltimore, MD (2010)
  • Presentation:How to create a museum exhibit of PA history?PAEA Historians Meeting, PAEA Forum, Portland, OR (2009)
  • Workshop:Community-Oriented Primary Care: A Framework for Service Learning? PAEA Forum, Portland, OR (2009)
  • Workshop Category I CME:Doing Ethics: Using the Four Box Method in the Classroom, PAEA Forum (2007)
  • Panel coordinator Category I CME:Diagnostic Surprises(Travelers’ infectious diseases), AAPA Annual Conference (2004)
  • Presentation Category I CME:Eliciting a Genetic History, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants Clinical Updates (4/2004)
  • Presentation Category I CME:Integrating Diversity: Pearls and Perils, APAP Semi Annual Conference (5/2003)
  • Poster Session:Video Insights into Culture: How to Teach Diversity without Stereotyping,AAPA Annual Conference (5/2003)
  • Presentation Category I CME:Appreciating Cultural Differences, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants Clinical Updates (4/2000)



Katz, P. (1993) Health education in a cultural context,JAAPA,6(7).