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Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Assistant Professor

Memory Dossenbach, PA-C, MHS, MS, is a Physician Assistant with over 25 years’ experience, primarily in Emergency Medicine with a focus in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She has also practiced clinically in Orthopedics and Trauma and worked in numerous non-clinical roles, including discharge planning (trauma), directing a home-based program for at-risk senior adults, and most recently as the Assistant Medical Director for the North Carolina Medical Board. Throughout her career, she has had a passion for education and has previously taught Physician Assistant students in two other programs.

Memory has a particular interest in professionalism in medical education and believes that addressing the core components including communication, ethical considerations, and focus on inter-professional or team-based practice early in students’ education will serve them well throughout their clinical careers. Through her work with the North Carolina Academy of PAs (NCAPA) and the North Carolina Providers Health Program (NCPHP), Memory has become a strong and vocal advocate for addressing burnout issues specific to the profession and to healthcare in general.

Prior to obtaining her MHS degree from the Duke Physician Assistant program, Memory received her BS in Education and Athletic Training and her MS in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University.

A North Carolina native, Memory is active in her community, serving on the Chatham County Department of Social Services Board, volunteering as a youth basketball coach, and participating in numerous animal-related volunteer activities. She lives with her partner and large pet family on the Haw River outside Pittsboro, NC and enjoys co-habiting with the abundant wildlife on the property.

As a lifelong learner, Memory believes a multidisciplinary approach to education provides the richest learning environment and is motivated by the endless opportunities provided at UNC. She is excited to join the UNC PA program and the UNC community at large and looks forward to engaging with students at this critical time in their journey.