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John Oliphant

Associate Professor
Physician Assistant Program
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology

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John Oliphant

Associate Professor
Physician Assistant Program
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology


BA, ATC, Messiah College; M.S.Ed., Elmira College; MHP, PA-C, Northeastern University; Ph.D., Niagara University


Areas of Expertise

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3 Credits
This introductory course will evaluate the modern challenges of global health from a multidisciplinary perspective. The key concepts of global health will be discussed, including various health determinants, human rights, healthcare systems, culture’s impact on health, environmental concerns, nutrition, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, women’s health issues, child and adolescent health, injuries, natural disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, poverty’s impact on health and more. Students will be expected to be active learners, lead classroom activities on certain days as part of group research project presentations, and actively participate in discussions.
5 Credits
This is the final course in the Clinical Medicine sequence of courses and is designed to complete the introduction to human disease. The format will be primarily a population-based approach to presenting disease. The unique diseases and developmental issues encountered in pediatrics, geriatrics, and women’s health will be addressed. An introduction to the important medical issues relevant to caring for surgical patients will be presented. Psychiatric illness, geriatrics, musculoskeletal and rheumatology will be presented. Special topics of trauma, burns, and emergency medicine will complete the course. The principles of preventive medicine will continue to be integrated throughout the curriculum.
1 Credits
This course provides physician assistant students with an introduction to the PA profession. The course encompasses historical origins and early educational models. The course covers various professional entities; licensure, certification, accreditation, professional organizations, and medical ethics.
5 Credits
This is the second in the sequence of Clinical Medicine courses. The course will present the physician assistant student with the necessary knowledge to understand the patient within a clinical context. A body systems approach is utilized in this course to study diseases of the cardiovascular, selected endocrine topics, renal, men's health, heme/oncology, pulmonary, and nervous systems. Principles of preventive medicine will be woven throughout the curriculum.
4 Credits
This second of a two-course sequence introduces and develops the clinical psychosocial and anatomic/physiologic science involved in examining patients. The course includes performing and writing complete, accurate medical histories and physical examinations with small group instruction. Weekly patient contact.

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Journal Paper
Oliphant, John B. "Short-Term Medical Missions Done Well: What Every Sponsoring Institution Should Understand." Journal of Physician Assistant Education 29. 1 (2018): 58-61. Print.
Oliphant, John B. "Health Sciences Students’ Interest in and Opinions about Global Health Experiences." Educational Planning 25. 2 (2018): 33-54. Print.
Oliphant, John. "Leadership of Humanitarian Organizations Working in Less Developed Countries: A Best Practices Analysis." The Journal of Values-Based Leadership 9. 2 (2016): 58-78. Print.
J., Oliphant,. "Present: Ebola's Impact on PAs in Liberia." Clinician Reviews 25. 9 (2015): 41-42. Print.
J, Oliphant,. "PAs in Liberia: Challenges and Opportunities." Clinician Reviews 25. 9 (2015): 1-2. Web.
Oliphant, John. "Applying Kouzes & Posner's Leadership Concepts to Poverty Alleviation Work in the Developing World." Journal of Values-Based Leadership 9. 1 Winter/Spring (2016): Article 1. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Oliphant, John B. "Practical Steps Towards Exemplary Leadership." Leadership Seminar. St. Patrick's Church. Victor, NY. 22 Sep. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Oliphant, John B. "Translating your PhD Work into Publications." Doctoral Seminar Course. Niagara University. Lewiston, NY. 3 Mar. 2018. Guest Lecture.
Oliphant, John B. "Best Practices for the Planning, Implementation, & Assessment of Short-Term Medical Mission Trips Sponsored by Institutions of Higher Education." International Society for Educational Planning Annual Conference. International Society for Educational Planning. Toronto, ON. 13 Oct. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Oliphant, John B, et al. "Educational Planning for Our Diverse Global Village During Times of Rapid Change." International Society of Educational Planning Annual Conference. International Society of Educational Planning. Toronto, ON. 14 Oct. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Oliphant, John B, et al. "Poverty, Inc.: A Post Documentary Viewing Panel Discussion on Poverty." Poverty, Inc. Documentary Showing and Panel Discussion. Global Health association @ RIT. Rochester, NY. 26 Oct. 2017. Lecture.
Oliphant, John. "Leading Short-term Medical Missions & Humanitarian Efforts in Less Developed Countries." Roads to Health Scientific Conference. Roads to Health & Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts Association. Philadelphia, PA. 8 Oct. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Oliphant, John. "An Update on Haiti: A Recap of Medical Mission in August 2016." Kiwanis Club Meeting. Farmington-Victor Kiwanis Club. Victor, NY. 28 Oct. 2016. Address.
J, Oliphant,. "Step Out of Your Comfort Zone and You Just Might Discover Your True Identity." American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference. Physician Assistant Foundation. San Francisco, California. 26 May 2015. Keynote Speech.
J, Oliphant,. "My Work in Haiti: How Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone Helped Me Discover The Real Me." Rotary Club September 2015 meeting. Rotary Club of Victor-Farmington. Victor, New York. 16 Sep. 2015. Address.
J, Oliphant,. "My Work in Haiti: How Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone Helped Me Discover The Real Me." Farmington-Victor Kiwanis Club July meeting. Farmington-Victor Kiwanis Club. Victor, NY. 10 Jul. 2015. Address.
J, Oliphant,. "Get Out of your Comfort Zone and into Global Health: Discover the Real You." The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State Regional Conference. NPA Greater Rochester Chapter. Rochester, New York. 14 Nov. 2015. Conference Presentation.
Oliphant, John, et al. "First Aid Concepts For Teachers." First Aid Training Program For Haitian Teachers. Restore Haiti / Restoration Ministries. Jacmel, Haiti. 23-24 Mar. 2014. Lecture.
Oliphant, John. "The Effect of Ebola on Healthcare Providers in Liberia." Ebola, Fear, and Our Common Humanity: West African Perspectives on a Global Crisis. Department of African and African American Studies of The SUNY College at Brockport. Rochester, New York. 8 Nov. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Oliphant, John B. "The Physician Assistant Profession in Liberia." NCCPA Invitational Meeting for International Delegates. National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants. Washington, DC. 29 May 2013. Conference Presentation.
Oliphant, John. "Understanding Your Children's Nutritional Needs." Restore Haiti Preschool-Kindergarten Parent Educational Symposium. Restore Haiti. Jacmel, Haiti, Southeast Region. 9 Apr. 2012. Lecture.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Noll, Matthew E and John B Oliphant. "Hospital Administrators’ Attitudes & Opinions Regarding PAs as Candidates for Organizational Leadership Positions." Proceedings of the AAPA Conference, May 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada. Ed. Reamer L. Bushardt. Philadelphia, PA: Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Book Chapter
Oliphant, John. "The Musculoskeletal System." Pearls of Wisdom: Physician Assistant Exam Review, 5th Edition. Ed. Daniel Thibodeau, PA-C and Scott Plantz, MD. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education, 2014. 231-264. Print.
Invited Article/Publication
Oliphant, John. "The Ebola Epidemic Hits Close to Home: Liberia's PAs on the Front Lines of Health Crisis." PA Professional. (2014). Web.
Published Game, Application or Software
Thibodeau, Daniel, et al. PAEasy - Online PA Board Exam Study Tool. Software. McGraw-Hill Medical. 2011.