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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program Faculty Profile


Bahrke, Barbara, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Program Director/Clinical Assistant Professor
Office: Center for Graduate Studies 103
Office Phone: 262-524-7401
Bachelor of Science Medical Technology, Marquette University. 1983
Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Marquette University. 2000
Areas of Specialization:
Physician Assistant clinical education
Clinical experience in gastroenterology; general laboratory science with emphasis in microbiology
Scholarly and Professional Achievements:
Bahrke B, Pignotti C. Cultural Diversity Training Workshop 2: Patients with Low Socioeconomic Status: Provider Pearls.  CME Presentation at: Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants Fall Conference, October 2013.
Bahrke B. De Oliveira K, Scheel MH, Beck B, Hopp J. Longitudinal Integration of Cultural Components into a Physician Assistant Program’s Clinical Year May Improve Cultural Competency.   Journal of Physician Assistant Education, in press.
I began my career in the health care field as a certified medical technologist, working in all aspects of the laboratory and supervising evening shifts. I returned to school in 1998 to pursue a degree in Physician Assistant Studies and graduated with honors in 2000.

I practiced clinically for more than 12 years in gastroenterology, where my duties included working as a staff PA in six clinical settings, supervising the PA staff and teaching in the practice. During this time, I maintained a commitment to education by being a preceptor for PA students and medical residents, and by teaching gastroenterology clinical medicine in the PA program at Marquette University as an assistant clinical professor.

I have also served on several committees at Marquette, including admissions and interviewing, quality assurance and reunion planning. I joined the Carroll faculty in June 2012, and remain dedicated to physician assistant education, promotion of cultural awareness and providing affordable healthcare to the underserved.
Service to Carroll University or the Profession:
Member, Program Curriculum and Assessment Committee, September 2013-present

Member, PCAC Assessment subcommittee, September 2013-present

Member, Cross Cultural Education Ethics subcommittee, September 2013-present

Last updated 11/19/2013

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