Clinical Nurse, Maine Veterans' Home
Project Director, "Our Stories: Life Stories of Elders"
Class of 1982
Ms. Anne Summer is a graduate of Georgetown University (BSN), Washington, DC, and Duke University Physician Assistant Program (BHS), Durham, NC. She is practicing currently as a geriatric nurse, while completing her graduate studies in adult education, and is serving as Project Director for "Our Stories," a community based, oral history project facilitating elders in telling their life stories.
Ms. Summer had a decade of diverse and rich experiences working as a registered nurse prior to entering the Duke PA Program. As a PA, she practiced clinically in emergency medicine, primary care and family practice. While in Atlanta, GA working as the first PA employed in the Grady Memorial Hospital, Gynecologic Emergency Room, she established the PA role in providing primary and emergent health care services to a medically under-served, urban population of women and served as a clinical preceptor for students of the Emory University PA Program. She later joined the medical staff at the federally funded Oakhurst Community Health Center in Decatur, GA. Her contributions in both practices included development and successful institutionalization of tailored, multi-service, oversight systems to track and improve the care being delivered at the sites. She introduced the PA role to the public health sector by becoming Director of Georgia's statewide Family Planning Program. This high-volume program delivered health care services through the health departments in Georgia's 159 counties. Under Ms. Summer's leadership, during very controversial times, the Program sought, and often found, "common ground" for delivery of services to at-risk populations, and flourished as a model of creative collaboration among federal, state, local, public and private partners.
After relocating to Maine, Ms. Summer joined the faculty of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the University of New England (UNECOM) to help restructure the physical diagnosis and clinical skills courses taught to medical students. It was the first time that an interdisciplinary teaching faculty had been used to teach these skills. Later she developed a Geriatric Practicum course that included both students and faculty from the medical school and from the physician assistant, dental hygiene, and social work programs, as well as elders and community leaders. Ms. Summer has written articles and presented papers at national conferences highlighting her work in academia. While at UNECOM, Ms. Summer served as a member of the University's Planning Committee that established the first PA program in northern New England. Upon implementation of the Program, she served as adjunct faculty, taught clinical courses and assisted in design and supervision of the curriculum's research component.
In addition to her clinical, administrative and educational roles, Ms. Summer has provided leadership and service to the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). During her term as President of GAPA, legislation was passed expanding PA services to rural medically under-served areas of the state, and organizationally assured the continuation of leadership development activities by the Association. Nationally, she was a prominent articulator of social policy within the AAPA House of Delegates for over a decade. Currently, she is a contributing member of the American Public Health Association and the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.
Ms. Summer received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Duke University PA Program in 1990. She has received certificates of appreciation from the GAPA, the Physician Assistant Programs at Emory University and the University of New England and the Department of Family Medicine, Division on Aging, at UNECOM.