Creator and Founder; APP Topics, LLC
A former policeman, John left law enforcement over 27 years ago to pursue a second career as a Physician Assistant. The return to the full-time student role at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia was met with the usual financial challenges. For two years, John worked his way through PA school teaching in a school around the corner from the Liberty Bell.
Upon graduation, John successfully passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) with gold star recognition in both primary care and surgery.
During his PA school rotations he was offered several fulltime positions in Emergency Medicine, Family Practice and Surgery. For a time, he enjoyed the best of both worlds and worked in both a Family Practice and a small rural Emergency Department. A great experience, but he wanted more.
John received his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska.
When a position became available in a large suburban hospital emergency and trauma center near Philadelphia, John jumped at the chance to join the ED team. Several interviews later he took the job. As of this writing, he’s been there fulltime for over 24 years. As senior PA, in addition to his clinical responsibilities, he now serves as liaison between 29 PAs and 25 ED physicians and the administration, mentors new staff and leads their orientation and the group’s ongoing clinical scheduling.
Having seen the devastation that came with the opioid epidemic and wanting to do something to help, John pursued additional training in addiction medicine and drug counseling. Every week he tends to the medical needs of clients in an outpatient addictions clinic.
For fun, John travels. As of this writing, he’s visited 34 countries where he has hiked Machu Picchu in Peru, swam with turtles in Hawaii, dove with sharks in Yap, dog sled in Alaska, scuba’ed with manta rays in Palau, drank rum in Cuba and visited most US States. He usually has his next three adventures mapped out at any given moment.
CIO; APP Topics, LLC
Hello I’m Ron. My bio is coming very soon.