Amy Maurer, M.S., M.M.S., P.A.-C.Assistant Professor
Unit: PA Medicine
Location: Greer, SC
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot
Teaching & Education
Teach the following courses: Problem-Based Learning, Pharmacologic Principles, Critical Thinking, and Global Health
- BS Liberty University
- MS University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- MMS Wake Forest School of Medicine
Eight years practicing clinically in North Carolina. Hold medical licenses in North Carolina and South Carolina. First taught at the university level in 2006. At North Greenville University since 2019.
- Contributor to Van Rhee J et al. (2022, in press). Clinical Medicine for Physician Assistants. Springer Publishing.
- Maurer AK (2017). The PA Opportunity: One Family’s History. Musings: Blog of the JAAPA Editorial Board. http://journals.lww.com/jaapa/blog/musings/pages/post.aspx?PostID=142.
- Burger KL, Learma BS, Boucherle AK (maiden name), Sirintrapun SJ, Isom S, Diaz B, Courtneidge SA Seals DF (2014) Src-dependent Tks5 phosphorylation regulates invadopodia-associated invasion in prostate cancer cells. Prostate. 74(2): 134-48.
- Sun J, Wiklund F, Zheng, SL, Chang B, Balter K, Li L, Johansson JE, Li G, Adami HO, W. Liu, Tolin A (former last name), A.R. Turner, D.A. Meyers, W.B. Isaacs, J. Xu and H. Gronberg (2005). Sequence Variants in Toll-like Receptor Gene Cluster (TLR6-TLR1-TLR10) and Prostate Cancer risk. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 97(7): 525-32.
- Gu JJ, Tolin AK, Huang H, Jain J, Mitchell BS. (2003). Targeted Disruption of Inosine-5’-Monophosphate Dehydrogenase Type I Gene in Mice. Molecular and Cellular Biology. 23(18):6702-12.
- 2009: Physician Assistant Futures Scholarship Recipient-Wake Forest School of Medicine
- 2003: Employee of the Month- TransTech Pharma
- 1997-2000: Graduate/Research Assistantship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
- AAPA Member since 2009.
- Society of PAs in Genetics and Genomics (AAPA Constituent Organization) since 2018.
- SCAPA Member, NGU PA Program Liaison since 2019.
- Christian Medical and Dental Associations Member since 2013.
- Fellowship of Christian PAs Member since 2013.
My interest in medicine was piqued in my tenth-grade honors biology class. While I loved learning about the various species of plants, animals, and microbes, I was especially drawn to seek more understanding into illness and disease in order to prevent and alleviate suffering. My interest grew throughout high school and during my undergraduate education. During my graduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, I focused on the molecular and genetic basis for disease with the hope of using that knowledge to better treat and manage patients with cancer and other diseases.
When I attended PA school, my eyes were opened to the vast health needs in the United States and around the world. I was thankful to be learning practical skills to help meet these needs in a tangible way. Following graduation, I worked clinically for several years and gravitated toward the opportunity to mentor and train PA and medical students. Finding education and mentoring to be very fulfilling, I began to pursue a career in PA education where I could share my skills, abilities, and experience to help PA students become compassionate and competent healthcare professionals. I am especially thankful to have the opportunity to teach at a Christian university like NGU since my faith is such an integral part of my life. C.S. Lewis conveyed this perspective very well when he wrote, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it but because, by it, I see everything else.”
Favorite Course to Teach: Critical Thinking since it is a very diverse and fluid course that we can adapt based on the needs of the class. I also love the opportunity to be creative with educational methods to help students master the material.
Resources about becoming a PA:
- National Commission on Certification of PAs (NCCPA)
- Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)
- American Academy of PAs (AAPA)
- South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (SCAPA)
- Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
- Christian Medical and Dental Associations
- Fellowship of Christian PAs
- PA History Society
- PA Foundation