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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 45 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 Program (BS). 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 Marquette University (School of Education: Educational Policy and Leadership).

As a physician assistant, Dr. Katz has worked in family practice, women's health, neurology, emergency medicine, urgent care school health and pediatrics. She joined the RFUMS Physician Assistant faculty in 2005, and in 2013 was appointed as the Associate Vice President for Faculty Development. For nine years, she coordinated Healthy Families Clinic’s pediatric service, a student-centered, free clinic now located at the Rosalind Franklin Clinics in North Chicago. Dr. Katz’s interest in curriculum design is reflected in the many online and classroom- based courses she has developed, revised and taught, as well as in the expansion of faculty development programming and resources that support educational expertise within the RFUMS faculty.

Dr. Katz has witnessed many changes in the delivery of health care and in physician assistant education over the past five decades; and believes that all people have a right to high quality medical and healthcare services from compassionate and dedicated clinicians who care for their patients with cultural humility. 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.


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).