Jonathan Kilstrom, MPAS, PA-C, NRP


Jon joined the Yale PA Online Program as an instructor in January of 2020. He is the course director for Diagnostic Studies II and course co-director for Patient Assessment I. He also serves on the Academic Affairs Committee and as a faculty advisor for current and incoming students.

Jon is a physician assistant who has over 16 years of experience in prehospital emergency medical services and has been in PA education for four years. He received a Bachelor of Emergency Medical Services degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska (NE) and a master of PA studies from Union College in Lincoln, NE.

Prior to PA school, he worked as a paramedic for a critical access hospital and 911 service in northwest Iowa. After graduation from PA school, he lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area working in outpatient internal medicine and urgent care for Baylor Scott and White and as an adjunct clinical instructor for the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas.

He returned to Omaha in 2016, where he currently resides, and became an assistant professor and the director of clinical skills for the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) PA Program. Jon works clinically in emergency medicine at Methodist Jennie Edmundson in Council Bluffs, Iowa and urgent care at The Iowa Clinic in West Des Moines, Iowa.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). He currently serves as HOD for the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants and as a member of the PAEA CASPA Advisory Committee. Previously he has served as the PAEA graduate advisor for the AAPA Student Academy, and as a member of PAEA’s Future Educator Fellowship.

He has had many student and prospective student facing roles in PA education, including serving as a physician assistant student society advisor, and on the PA Admissions Committee, where he was involved with re-designing the PA program interview process to provide a fair admissions process for all applicants and increase student diversity. He has also been active on curriculum and faculty search committees.

He has volunteered in numerous capacities, including as a PA Foundation scholarship reviewer (evaluating scholarship applications for the AAPA Physician Assistant Foundation), a mentor for the TeamMates program, and clinically as a PA at the GRACE Free Clinic in Grapevine, Texas. For over a decade, he has served on the Creighton University EMS Education Advisory Board, and he spent 15 years as a volunteer EMT, for the Moville Ambulance and Rescue Squad.

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