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Assistant Physician

Chicago, Illinois, United States
January 25, 2018

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Rachel E. Van Dyken BS, PA ● 2337 Palm Dale Dr.● Wyoming, MI● 616-***-****


Compassionate and motivated graduate of the Emory University Physician Assistant Program seeking a primary care, internal medicine or related specialty position in the Chicagoland area. Special interests in health disparities and healthcare provision for under-resourced populations. Proficient in Spanish.


Emory University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, Atlanta, Georgia Masters of Medical Science Recipient, summa cum laude Conferred 12/2017

Honors: Academic Achievement Award, Pi Alpha Honor Society, Academic Allied Health Scholarship GPA: 4.0/4.0

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan Conferred 05/2012

Bachelor of Science in Group Sciences; Minor in Spanish language

Honors: Presidential Academic Scholarship, West Michigan Optometric Scholar, Morren Family Scholarship, Dean’s List 2008-2012

GPA: 3.6/4.0


Certified Physician Assistant Expected 01/2018

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Expiration 10/2018

Basic Life Support (BLS) Expiration 10/2018


Emory University Physician Assistant Program Clinical Clerkships

oInternal Medicine Outpatient – The Emory Clinic Paul W. Seavey Comprehensive Internal Medicine Clinic

oPediatrics - Children’s Medical Group

oEmergency Medicine – DeKalb Medical Center

oGeneral Surgery – Emory University Hospital Midtown

oFamily Medicine – Grady Kirkwood Family Medicine

oEndocrinology – Grady Diabetes Clinic, Atlanta Diabetes Associates

oInpatient Internal Medicine – Grady Hospital

oNeurology Movement Disorders – Emory University Hospital

oInpatient Cardiology – Wellstar Medical Group

oObstetrics and Gynecology – Emory University Hospital

oPsychiatry – Emory University Hospital


Lawndale Christian Health Center, Chicago, Illinois

Medical Assistant (08/2013 – 06/2015)

Served as medical assistant to a high volume internist

Participated in patient care, education and visit flow by taking vital signs, performing a full history, triaging phone calls and educating patients on diet and nutrition for their specific condition.

Parkwood Pharmacy, Wyoming, Michigan

Pharmacy technician (02/2008 – 10/2009)

Received orders, allotted medication quantities into prescription bottles, and facilitated communication between patients and pharmacists.


Calvin College Department of Biology, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Student Researcher (05/2010 – 05/2012)

Worked as a full time student researcher during the summer and part time during the academic year. Participated in experimental design, experiment execution, data analysis and paper writing. I co-authored several publications related to the protective effect of increased extracellular potassium in the tears against UV-B damage and gene expression in the Wolfring glands of the eyelid. I also presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting as a junior in college.


Emory University Physician Assistant Program Community Partner Student Liaison, Atlanta Georgia

Student Coordinator (05/2015– 12/2017)

Worked with faculty member Erin Lepp, PA to develop a diabetes education curriculum for an Atlanta-based federally qualified health center, The Healing Community Center.

I participated as a student and facilitated student volunteers at monthly Christian Medical and Dental refugee health clinics.

Farmworker Health Project, Bainbridge, Georgia

Student Volunteer (10/2016)

Provided healthcare to migrant farmworkers in the fields of rural South Georgia for a long weekend service project through Emory. Performed histories and physical examinations for patients 10-12 hours per day and prescribed drugs and follow up testing based on a formulary and local clinic information.

Health Career Academy, Atlanta, Georgia

Student Teacher (09/2015 – 05/2016)

Taught health and science classes as part of a pre-college curriculum for high school students enrolled in Atlanta Public School districts.

Lawndale Summer Medical Project, Chicago, Illinois

Medical Student Intern (06/2015 – 08/2015)

Worked and lived in an under-resourced community for the summer. Participated in creating and facilitating community health clinics, patient outreach events and home health visits with medical providers.

Catherine’s Health Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Diabetic Eye Exam Coordinator (09/2011 – 08/2012)

Worked with a team to develop a comprehensive charting system and schedule for diabetic eye exams at this free clinic.


Rachel E. Van Dyken, Julienne R. Louters, Mark P. Schotanus, and John L. Ubels

Effect of Elevated Extracellular K+ on UVB-induced Efflux of K+ from Human Corneal Epithelial Cells. ARVO Meeting Abstracts April 22, 2011 52:301.

Ubels JL, Van Dyken RE, Louters JR, Schotanus MP, Haarsma LD. Potassium ion fluxes in corneal epithelial cells exposed to UVB. Exp Eye Res. 2011;92:425–431.

Schotanus MP, Koetje LR, Van Dyken RE, Ubels JL. Stratified corneal limbal epithelial cells are protected from UVB-induced apoptosis by elevated extracellular K+. Exp Eye Res. 2011;93:735–740.

Ubels JL, Gipson IK, Spurr-Michaud SJ, Tisdale AS, Van Dyken RE, Hatton MP. Gene expression in human accessory lacrimal glands of Wolfring. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Oct 1;53(11):6738-47. doi: 10.1167/iovs.12-10750.


Calvin College Department of Biology, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Assistant to the Professor (09/2011 – 05/2012)

Assisted in grading assignments and examinations for the freshman biology courses.

Calvin College Department of Spanish, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Assistant to the Professor, (09/2010 – 09/2011)

Facilitated weekly interactive Spanish conversation groups, leading students in language learning activities for introductory and intermediate Spanish courses.


American Academy of Physician Assistants

Georgia Association of Physician Assistants

Christian Medical and Dental Association




References available upon request.

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