Clarkson University’s Chair of Physician Assistant Studies, Joan Caruso, has earned her Doctorate of Medical Science with a concentration in Education from the University of Lynchburg.
Caruso, who received her doctorate in September, said the concentration in education has already been helpful in her role as program director, and will be beneficial both in her current role and with programmatic accreditation.
She said the degree is important to her professionally and personally.
“While I can practice to the full extent of my PA license with a Master's degree, the doctoral degree allows me to better serve my students, patients,and community. Most importantly though, it has allowed me to set a positive example for my children,” Caruso said. “I once read that women are expected to work like they don't have children, and raise children like they don't have work. Sounds impossible, right? I strive to be an involved mother and a successful educator and leader. The pursuit of a career does not have to be mutually exclusive of the life outside of it, but it does require strength, perseverance, and dedication. My hope is that these qualities will be evident to my children and provide inspiration to them.”
Caruso obtained her Bachelor's degree in PA studies from D'Youville College, followed by a Masters in Physician Assistant studies from the University of Nebraska before pursuing her doctoral degree. She has 17 years of experience as a PA, both in inpatient medicine and more recently in urgent care.