Mary Showstark is a physician assistant (PA) who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2001 and a master’s degree in 2004 from the University of Florida. She started her career working at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in trauma surgery and shortly after became chief PA. Showstark’s clinical experience is in trauma surgery, emergency medicine, urgent care and disaster preparedness for the federal government in numerous locations, including Los Angeles at LAC+USC, Maui, New York City and Miami Beach. Showstark has also spent many years working in event medicine and concierge services around the world from Johannesburg to Sydney with multiple cities in between. She has worked and consulted with private events and athletic organizations, including the World Surf League, Burning Man, U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Tough Mudder, the Indies Trader, SEA Paddle and the New York City Marathon.
Showstark worked in Haiti and Nepal, responding to natural disasters and providing medical care in rural and austere environments. She also consults in remote areas, such as Nicaragua, Marshall Islands and the Philippines, performing medical needs assessments and helping with clinic development, setup and sustainability projects.
Showstark began working in PA education in an accredited PA program in New York City in 2012, where she served as clinical coordinator, and taught Psychosocial, Physical Diagnosis, Clinical Skills, SIM, OSCES and Lab Medicine, and was course coordinator for Emergency Medicine II. Showstark joined Yale as an instructor in the Yale Physician Assistant Online Program in 2017. Showstark is the course director for Physical Assessment I, II and III, serves on the admissions committee and is an academic adviser to incoming students. She is the chair of the Online IPE Committee and spearheads virtual reality projects utilizing the Stanford Heart and Augmented Reality platform, teaching students proper hand hygiene through SureWash Go technology.
Showstark is licensed by the NCCPA. She also works with the federal disaster FAST teams, serves as one of the executive directors on the board of Surfer’s Medical Association, and is a consultant for the education board for Welch Allyn. In addition to her PA work, Showstark is certified in massage therapy and yoga. She is also a current member of PAEA and AAPA.
In her free time, Showstark enjoys traveling and has explored more than 50 countries on all seven continents.
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