Spotlight on PA Faculty
November 6, 2019
Assistant Clinical Professor Ryan J. Clancy
Ryan J. Clancy, MSHS, MA, PA-C, DFAAPA, has been an integral member of the Drexel University Physician Assistant program since 2014. He is a hybrid faculty member having dual teaching and administrative responsibilities in both the didactic year and clinical year of the program. Clancy was appointed to the role of co-director of clinical education in 2018. He has worked as a clinical coordinator for various clinical rotations and has been course director of the Clinical Skills III course which is a bridge course to the student’s clinical year. He currently serves as the course director for the program’s Patient Communications course and is the course director for the Primary Care Practicum I/II clinical rotations. In September 2019, he was promoted to the rank of assistant clinical professor.
Clancy is an ambassador for the National Health Service Corps having been a National Health Service Corps Scholar during his physician assistant training at The George Washington University. His commitment to service continued when he joined the Drexel PA program as he served as the advisor to the W.W. Oaks Drexel University PA student society. While an advisor, the Drexel PA program was one of seven local PA programs recognized by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and awarded the PA Partnership Award for their role in the PA Olympics, an intercollegiate, philanthropic student-run local charity event. He has also been an advisor to the Drexel chapter of Global Brigades during their Water Brigade service mission to rural Honduras.
Clinically, Clancy has practiced exclusively as a primary care physician assistant treating the medically underserved in Philadelphia. He spent the first ten years of his PA career at a local primary care center, first with their Medical Outreach to the Homeless department and then at their satellite office, as a provider in the joint primary and behavioral healthcare integration center. He continues to work part time clinically in a local urgent care/occupational medicine facility each week.
Clancy maintains professional affiliation with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants (PSPA), where he also serves on the state society's awards committee. He is a board-certified physician assistant recognized by the AAPA as a Distinguished Fellow.