Industry Career Pathway

With their diverse skill set, PAs and NPs are poised to lead and manage across the healthcare industry as entrepreneurs, consultants, or volunteer leaders.

  • Entrepreneurship: Leaders who have or seek to design, launch, and run a business utilizing their PA skill set.
  • Industry: Leaders who provide consultation and education to industries that support providers and the clinical delivery system.
  • Volunteer Leadership: Leaders who volunteer their time and expertise on association boards, state medical boards, and committees to positively impact the association and/or constituents.

See the resources from CHLM and its partners and explore Career Spotlights to learn how other PAs and NPs have been successful in this career track.

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  • Target Audience: PAs and NPs
  • Career Stage: Early to Advanced
  • Time Commitment: 1-3 years (depending on graduate program)
  • Content Delivery: Online
  • Target Audience: PAs and NPs, Managers of PAs and NPs
  • Career Stage: Early to Advanced
  • Time Commitment: 1 hour per course
  • Content Delivery: Online

Career Spotlight – Volunteer Leadership

Dipu Patel, MPAS, PA-C

Dipu Patel, MPAS, PA-C

Associate Program Director & Director of Simulation of Education
Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program

“Leadership is not about being the boss, it is about being bold and innovative to enable your colleagues and employees to take risks and grow to move your collective goals and mission forward. In all my positions of leadership, my decisions are guided by the voices of the team (or patients). Understanding the strengths of each team member and cultivating culture of collaboration will lead to successful outcomes. You have to strike a balance between fitting in and standing out.”

  • Chair of Massachusetts Board of Registration for Physician Assistants
  • Director-at-Large at Physician Assistant Education Association
  • Clinical Leader of Urgent Care, Telecommunications, and Student Health Services, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Kenmore Square Center
  • Director of Simulation of Education at Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program

Career Spotlight – Industry

Devechio Edwards, MPAS, MBA, PA-C, DFAAPA

Devechio Edwards, MPAS, MBA, PA-C, DFAAPA

Director, Medical Alignment with AstraZeneca

“It is important for leaders in positions like mine to demonstrate an expert knowledge of the healthcare environment to include healthcare policies, reimbursement dynamics, and the regulatory environment for new drugs and indications. It is also important to understand and present scientific data to medical leaders in their fields, and be excellent communicators and relationship builders in order to advance science.”

  • As a Gastroenterology PA working with national thought leaders in the GI space, I developed an appreciation for the business side of medicine to include the role of medical affairs within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Earning an eMBA in Healthcare Administration within a program designed for healthcare providers allowed me to gain hands-on experience with senior healthcare leaders in a variety of settings.
  • Clinic Practice Manager with CVS Health/ Minute Clinic
  • Manager of Advanced Practitioners for Health Texas Provider Network
  • Medical Science Liaison with AstraZeneca