Grace LandelGrace P. Landel, Program Director of Touro University California’s Joint MSPAS/MPH Program, was shocked for days after learning she is this year’s recipient of the Baylor College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Allied Health Sciences.

“I’m very honored but very surprised,” she said humbly, not realizing the accolades she’s collected over the past 28 years merit the attention.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award, which will be presented to Ms. Landel on April 21, 2012 in Texas, will be presented to only two members this year from the School of Allied Health Sciences, one of which is Grace Landel.

“It’s presented to alumni who make outstanding contributions to biomedical and/or medical science through clinical service, research, education and/or administrative leadership,” said Gwen Smith-Johnson of Baylor college of Medicine, Alumni Association.

Awards are presented in four categories: medical, graduate, allied health sciences, and tropical medicine. Ms. Landel was nominated and selected by Baylor College of Medicine alumni and faculty.

Ms. Landel’s repertoire includes a wide palette of accomplishments. As a faculty member for the MEDEX NW Physician Assistant Program at the University of Washington, her contributions to education include serving as Associate Program Director, Director of Diversity, Director of the Alaska Satellite, Didactic Coordinator, and Clinical Coordinator. Ms Landel served as the legislative committee chair for the Nebraska Academy of PA and director-at-large, vice president and president of the Washington Academy of PAs.  For the American Academy of Pas (AAPA), she was the chair of the Professional Practice Council and served as the liaison to the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Additionally, she was a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association’s Advisory Council on Minority Attrition/Retention and the Minority Affairs Committee and served as chair of its National Recruitment Strategies Task Force. 

In 2001 she was a HRSA Bureau of Health Professions Primary Care Health Policy Fellow, and has been a HRSA grant reviewer for a number of years. She currently serves as peer reviewer for the Journal of Physician Assistant Education, as the secretary for the Society of Primary Care Policy Fellows, and as an AAPA-nominated commissioner on the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

Ms. Landel has been a family practice PA since graduating from the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program.

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