Promotions for Janie McDaniel and Jill Grant

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is extremely pleased to announce that faculty members Janie McDaniel, BSMT, MLS(ASCP)SC, and Jill Grant, MMS, PA-C, MS, have been promoted to Assistant Professor.

Janie McDaniel joined the Wake Forest PA program faculty in 1995 after working in hospital laboratories and as a laboratory consultant. In addition to serving as director of admissions for the program since 2003, she teaches the clinical and diagnostic skills course during the preclinical year. In 2005, McDaniel accepted a voluntary service position with the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) Admissions Committee; in 2007, she was named the chair of the CASPA committee, a position she held until the end of last year. Most recently, she was elected to serve as a director at large for the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and will begin her term in January 2015. McDaniel received PAEA’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012 and will complete a master's degree in Medical Education Leadership next year. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three grown children, and entertaining at their 200-year-old farmhouse in West Virginia.  She also loves hiking, early morning workouts with friends, and traveling to new places.

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Janie McDaniel and Jill Grant

Jill Grant, a Wake Forest PA program graduate, officially joined the faculty as an adjunct instructor in 2011 after practicing clinically as a PA in orthopedic surgery and in perioperative medicine. While she loves facilitating inquiry-based learning small groups and instructing patient care labs in the preclinical year, Grant also serves as the director of clinical education for the program, overseeing the activities of the clinical year. She is also very passionate about the medical humanities and co-directs the new Sacred 7 humanities elective course with Dr. Tanya Gregory. Grant balances her love of drinking coffee and reading books with the occasional jog around Winston-Salem, where she lives with her husband, Erich – also a Wake Forest PA program faculty member – and their 3-year-old son, Fischer.

Congratulations to both faculty members on their well-deserved promotion!


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