Maryland PA Serving as American Academy of PAs Director-at-Large

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Aug. 9, 2018)—On July 1, Beth R. Smolko, MMS, PA-C, began her second two-year term as a director-at-large for the American Academy of PAs (AAPA). Prior to her election to the AAPA Board of Directors, she served for many years in the AAPA House of Delegates and served in multiple leadership positions at the Association of Family Practice PAs.

Smolko, who lives in Frederick, Maryland, serves as the founding Program Director at Frostburg State University. She has previously worked with students as a guest lecturer at the George Washington University PA program and enjoyed serving as a clinical preceptor to PA, nursing, and medical school students for many years. Prior to her work at Frostburg, she served as Senior PA at Lockheed Martin’s Gaithersburg Clinic, combining her skills in medicine and healthcare operations to improve the health and wellness of the corporate community.

Because of her passion for effective and compassionate patient care, Smolko founded a nonprofit called The Heart of Medicine, dedicated to delivering primary care to poor and underserved communities. As part of this work, she coordinates volunteer medical trips for healthcare professionals, including leading teams of volunteers to deliver care to over 200 patients in mobile clinics and non-traditional healthcare settings in Haiti.

“Beth’s unwavering commitment to providing care to underserved communities serves as an inspiration to all PAs,” said Jonathan Sobel, PA-C, MBA, DFAAPA, FAPACVS, president and chair of the AAPA Board of Directors. “Her dedication to educating future generations of PAs brings additional value to her role as director. The board looks forward to continuing to work with her to advance the PA profession and ensure our patients receive the care they deserve during this pivotal time in healthcare.”

Smolko earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, her Master of Medical Science in PA Studies from Midwestern University in Glendale, and will receive her Doctor of Medical Science degree from the University of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, Virginia in August 2018. She has also earned Six Sigma Greenbelt certification and is a nationally certified health coach.

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