As Physician Assistant’s Week draws to a close, the ID Division wants to recognize and extend our appreciation to our Physician Assistant’s that provide extraordinary care to our patients at Nebraska Medicine.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant Program, Kim has been a Physician Assistant for 15 years. Kim has served patients in both the inpatient and ambulatory environments. During her training, Kim had a deep interest in Microbiology. Had it not been for the influences of Drs. Pete Iwen, Mark Rupp, and Phil Smith during PA school, we would not have been lucky to have her a part of her our team. Whether she starts her day with a dog bite or with a potential exposure to Zika, Kim enjoys the challenges that provide care as part of the Infectious Diseases Team presents.
Erin Van Surksum
A graduate of Union College Physician Assistant program in Lincoln, NE, Erin has been a Physician Assistant for two years. Erin provides care for patients as part of the Transplant Infectious Diseases team in both the inpatient and ambulatory environment. Erin always knew she wanted to contribute in the healthcare field and was introduced to the Physician Assistant role by a family member. After shadowing a Physician Assistant, she knew this is how she wanted to contribute in the healthcare field. Erin enjoys the challenges that the unique patient population she serves presents, often researching unfamiliar infections, reviewing cultures, and adjusting antibiotic dosing to ensure the most appropriate plan of care is utilized. For Erin, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a Physician Assistant is the collaborative culture between the care teams she experiences while caring for our patients.
Content courtesy of Jonathan Nguyen.