University of Florida School of Physician Assistant Studies
Class of 2005
Shalon R. Chordas-Buchs, MHS, PA-C, graduated from the Duke Physician Assistant Program in 2005 with a Master of Health Sciences and physician assistant certificate. Prior to entering the Duke PA program, she earned a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Psychology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Before becoming a physician assistant, Ms. Chordas-Buchs taught mathematics as a public school teacher in Ocala, FL.
After her graduation from the Duke PA program, Ms. Chordas-Buchs worked as a family medicine PA in Bellevue, FL, and then as an emergency medicine PA in Ocala, FL. In 2008, she joined the faculty of the School of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Florida as Assistant Professor. She held the administrative role of Director of Admissions for five years, and currently holds the position of Associate Director since 2014. Ms. Chordas-Buchs is a frequent lecturer, course director, and small group facilitator for their didactic PA students. She has directed sections of courses such as Clinical Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology, and Electrocardiography, and lectures in Laboratory Medicine, Cardiology, and Psychiatry. In addition to her full-time faculty position, she practices in emergency medicine and in a voluntary role with the University of Florida’s Mobile Outreach Clinic.
At the School of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Florida, Ms. Chordas-Buchs is the chair of the Professional Standards and Promotions Committee and a member of the Interprofessional Education Committee for the university. Among her honors and awards are the Outstanding Academic Instructor Award and the Exemplary Teacher Award, which she has received multiple times since 2010. She is a longtime member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). She serves on the Leadership Development and Recruitment Council and is the Awards and Honors Committee Chair for the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).