Associate Program Director
BS, Louisiana State University, 1984
MHS and PA Certificate, Duke University, 1995
As Associate Director, Ms. Spear oversees student services and acts as the faculty liaison to the Stead Society. One of her most important responsibilities is to serve as Chair of the Admissions Committee. Ms. Spear coordinates the Cardiology Medicine unit and also delivers a number of lectures and small group instruction throughout the curriculum. Her areas of educational interest include curricular development, and she has been involved nationally on the educational subcommittee for the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). Ms. Spear has been a frequent presenter on cardiology topics at PANCE review courses, including the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants.
Ms. Spear’s scholarly accomplishments include research in the field of Medical Simulation. She was involved in a multi-center PA research study A Tale of Four Programs: Teaching Cardiopulmonary Physical Exam Skills to PA Students Using Simulation and Deliberate Practice. Physician Assistant Education Association 2011 Annual Education Forum, New Orleans, LA, November 2011.
Other publications include the following:
Innovations in Physician Assistant Education: Simulation-Based Cardiopulmonary Physical Exam and Diagnostic Skills Training. International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, San Diego, CA, January 2012
Designing and Implementing a Multicenter Collaborative Research Study to Evaluate a Simulation Based Education Intervention Among Physician Assistant Students, Multak N, Newell KA, Spear S, Scalese R., Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Information Resources, 2012 Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference, Austin, TX, June 2012.
Ms. Spear has practiced in cardiology at Duke since 1995. Her clinical specialty areas include outpatient cardiac consultation and inpatient care, including performance of cardiac catheterization.