David Paulk, EdD, PA-C, DFAAPA
Program Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
David Paulk comes well equipped to lead the new Physician Assistant Program. In addition to his many years as a practicing clinician he has served as clinical coordinator in the Rutgers University/University of Medicine and Dentistry PA Program, academic coordinator in the Arcadia University PA Program, and as the founding director of Ohio Dominican University’s PA Program.
Paulk is widely published in the field of child maltreatment and sought out nationally and internationally as a speaker on this subject. Because of his work in this area, the National Exchange Club recently honored him at both their national and Georgia state conferences. He has also received Arcadia University’s Vitetta Professorship for his work and research in child maltreatment prevention and intervention. Paulk has also co-authored the Physician Assistant Review Guide, currently under revision for a 2nd edition, published by Jones and Bartlett, and is a contributor to the seventh edition of The Resident’s Guide to Primary Care.
In addition to being active in the Assessment Council of the Physician Assistant Education Association he has been asked to serve on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Panel of Experts seeking consensus guidelines for the acute diagnosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents. Paulk is the only PA selected as one of its experts.
Paulk spent a number of years as a paramedic before attending PA school at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in health education from West Virginia University and a doctorate in education from Rutgers University. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Sherry Secrest, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Sherry Secrest received her BS degree in statistics from Virginia Tech in 1990 and began her career as an educator working as a process control and industrial engineer and corporate trainer. Her experience as a management consultant in the Carillion Health System included both clinical and administrative project development, data analysis, facilitation, and implementation. She obtained her PA bachelor’s degree from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2006. She then worked for two years in family and internal medicine. In 2011 she obtained a master’s in PA studies from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing her PhD in public health and epidemiology from Walden University. Since 2008, Secrest has been practicing in the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Medical System in Salem. She is the women’s health and primary care coordinator and considered a subject matter expert called upon to teach others in the VA system. Her stated core values are “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all that I do.” Murphy Deming administrators are pleased to welcome Secrest, who possesses a passion for medicine and teaching along with an obvious true commitment to identifying and serving those in need.
We are in the process of hiring additional faculty and staff — we expect a team of more than 30 professionals supporting our programs when at full capacity. Potential faculty members are encouraged to reference our website for current employment searches.