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Adrian Banning, MMS, PA-C

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Adrian Banning


Associate Clinical Professor

Physician Assistant Department

Adrian S. Banning is an associate clinical professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and has been a faculty member there since 2008. She is responsible for didactic portions of physician assistant education, particularly evidence-based medicine topics. Banning has been a physician assistant (PA) since 2006, and started her career in primary care with a proud focus on the veteran population. She then transitioned to education and developed a passion for evidence-based medicine (EBM), critical thinking topics and the integration of the arts into medical education. Banning was selected to be a Physician Assistant Education Association PAEA 2020-2021 Research Fellow.

She is interested in the strategies of information mastery, utilizing and applying evidence-based medicine effectively, improving empathetic patient-provider communication, PA student and PA well-being and the overlap between art and science. Banning is a strong proponent of the benefits of the medical librarian-clinician team. She has authored several publications in The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA) and The Journal of Physician Assistant Education (JPAE) and is a peer-reviewer for both journals. She has presented at PA conferences nationally. Banning is the former editor of the “A Difficult Diagnosis” section of JAAPA, “Exploring Medicine Through the Arts” in JPAE and a cohost of three novel PA-centric podcasts. In 2016, Banning was recognized in BillyPenn’s, “Who’s Next in Health” as one of 13 young Philly leaders shaping the health scene.  

Banning received her doctoral degree from Drexel University and obtained a Masterof Medical Science/PA certificate from Arcadia University. 

Academic Distinctions

Research Coordinator

Faculty Fellowships

2020-2021 PAEA Research Fellow

Professional Society

American Academy of Physician Assistants, Physician Assistant Education Association, SECAC, CAA

Selected Publications

Banning, A. S., White, D. W., Shaughnessy, A.F. (2018) Teaching PA students real-world EBM: An outline for a model curriculum in evidence-informed decision making. J Physician Assist Educ, 29(1), 52-57.

Montenegro, I., Banning, A. S. (2018) Stories in measuring what matters. JAAPA, 31(7), 1-2.

Banning, A. S., Carroll-Haskins, K. L., Smith, D. D., Perthes, W. M. (2020) Qualitative Assessment of Arts-Integrated Education for Physician Assistant Students. J Physician Assist Educ, 31(2),98-102.

Banning, A. S., Childs, G. (2016) Efficient evidence: strategies for accessing and using medical evidence efficiently. J Physician Assist Educ, 27, 40-42.

Banning, A. S. (2016) Look Carefully: How learning to observe art can make us better providers. J Physician Assist Educ, 27(2), 89-91.

Grant participation:

Drexel College of Nursing and health Profession Rapid Relevant Response (R3) Grant

Research Interests

Teaching Evidence-Based Medicine, Arts-Integrated Medical Education, Student and PA well-being


Primary Care

Doctorate of Health Sciences (DHSc), 2020
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
Philadelphia, PA

Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction, 2019
Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
Philadelphia, PA

DHSc program, enrolled January 2017 - August 2018
Voluntarily transferred to Drexel University DHSc program
A.T. Still University, College of Graduate Health Studies
Kirksville, MO

Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 2015
Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health
Philadelphia, PA

Physician Assistant, Certified, Master of Medical Science, 2004-2006
Graduate Assistant Captain & Graduate Council Member
Arcadia University
Glenside, PA

Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology, Cum Laude, 1998-2002
Arcadia University
Glenside, PA

Study Abroad, London, England, 2001
City University and The Zoological Society of London