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Jul 17 2014

Medical Students Transition from Classroom to Clinic

Jul 15 2014

NYIT Awards Research Grants

Jul 15 2014

NYIT’s M.S. in Instructional Technology Approved in Abu Dhabi

Jul 10 2014

NYIT Names Executive Director for Abu Dhabi Campus

Jul 10 2014

NYIT Researcher Continues Discoveries of Links Between Thyroid Hormones and Heart Health

Faculty: Zehra Ahmed

Zehra Ahmed, PA-C, MBBS

Assistant Professor, Academic Coordinator, and Coordinator of Community Health Initiatives
E-mail: zahmed01@nyit.edu



Education

  • B.S., Physician Assistant Studies, NYIT, Old Westbury, N.Y. 2004
  • MBBS, Physician, North Colombo Medical College, Colombo. Sri Lanka 1991
  • B.S., Biology, Adelphi University, Garden City. NY. 1981
     

Academic and Clinical Appointments

  • 2007-Present: Academic Coordinator, Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Community Health Initiatives Department of Physician Assistant Studies, NYIT, Old Westbury, N.Y. 
  • 2008-Present: Assistant Director of Cultural Competency & Community Education & Faculty Associate of the Center for Global Health, NYIT. Old Westbury. NY
  • Complex Care Solutions. New York NY (2013 – present)
  • Hematology/Oncology Department, Nassau University Health Center, East Meadow. NY 2011- 2013
  • Nuclear Medicine Department, Montefiore Medical Center. Bronx, New York. 2006 - 2009 Emergency Department, Mercy Medical Center. Rockville Centre. NY (2005-2006; 2008-2012)
  • Suveka Family Health Clinic, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Physician: 2000-2001
  • Asiri Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Physician (ICU): 1998-2000
  • Chilaw Base Hospital, Sri Lanka: Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics: 1997-1998


Research Interests

  • Global Health
  • Cultural competence
  • Women’s Health issues
  • End of life care
     

Publications

  • Ahmed Z, Wolf C. Standardized Patient Encounters to Assess Improvement in Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills and Professionalism in the Clinical Year. Journal of Physician Assistant Education, 2013; 24(2):67e. 
  • Parisi, V., Ahmed, Z., Lardner, D., & Cho, E. (2012). Global health simulations yield culturally competent medical providers. Journal of Medical Education, 46(11), 1126-1127. DOI: 10.1111/medu1.2012
  • Ahmed, AZ.: “A Day in th e Life of a PA in Ghana”. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, October, 2011
  • Ahmed, AZ. “When the patient asks – What is a nuclear cardiac stress test?” Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, January 2009
     

Presentations

  • “A Comprehensive Program to Enhance Family Physician Skills in Geriatrics”. Presented in collaboration with School of Health Professions and New York Institute of Technology – College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty, at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Conference in Washington D. C. on April 3, 2014
  • Women’s Health: A Global Perspective. Presented at the 2013 Physician Assistant Global Health Symposium (September 2013) in Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Q & A Panel with Experienced PA’s: Pam Burwell PA-C, Zehra Ahmed PA-C, MBBS, Earle Canfield PA-C. Physician Assistant Global Health Symposium. (September 2013) in Virginia Beach, VA.
  • “Cultural Competency: Why Do We Need It and How Do We Acquire It?” American Family Practice Physician Assistant Conference. Washington D.C. August 12th, 2011.
     

Poster Presentations

  • Ahmed Z, Wolf C. Standardized Patient Encounters to Assess Improvement in Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills and Professionalism in the Clinical Year. New York State Society for Physician Assistants Annual Conference, October 2012
  • Ahmed Z, Wolf C. Standardized Patient Encounters to Assess Improvement in Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills and Professionalism in the Clinical Year. Physician Assistant Education Association’s Annual Education Forum, November 2012.
     

Grants

  • 2010-2011: NYIT Institutional Support for Research and Creativity Grants (ISRC): $6350 awarded. Evaluation of Mothers Providing Care Program and its Effectiveness in Reducing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Ghana.


Professional Activities

  • CME Chair, Physician Assistants for Global Health (Since 2014)
  • Member of the International Clinical Rotations Subcommittee. Clinical Education Committee of the Physician Assistant Education Association. (Since 2013)
  • Facilitator for Online workshop: Learning Spaces, NYIT Center for Teaching and Learning. (March 2014)
  • Mentor in the NYIT New Faculty Mentoring Program. Invited by Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Academic Affairs. (2013-2014)
  • IPEC project development committee. Developed an interprofessional ethics case in collaboration with School of Health Professions and College of Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT
  • Educational Technology Ambassador Committee (since 2010)
     

Public Service

  • Volunteer of the Nassau County Medical Reserve Corps since 2006 –present
  • Volunteer of Millennium Sistahs, Uniondale. New York since 2008 -present
  • Medical Mission to Trinidad in June, 2008
  • Ethics Committee at Nassau University Health Center, Mineola. NY (2010-2013)
  • Vice President, CHISPA Global, (Community Health InitiativeS and Partnerships Global) 2011-2013
  • Medical Mission to El Salvador, November, 2010; April, July 2011 & July 2012
     

Awards

  • Standard of Excellence Award,  awarded to the faculty and staff of the Center for Global Health, 2012
  • School of Health Professions
    • Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2011
    • Standard of Excellence, Distinguished Teaching Award 2011
    • Award for Outstanding Service to NYIT, 2007 -2008
  • Department of Physician Assistant Studies
    • Student Appreciation Award 2011 & 2012
    • Educator of the Year 2009, 2010 & 2012