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Maura Polansky, PA-C, MHPE, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies, Master of Health Professions Education program

Visiting Clinical Professor

Department of Medical Education


Dr. Polansky completed a masters of science from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas within their highly ranked physician assistant program. She received her MHPE from the UIC Department of Medical Education and her PhD in HPE from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGHIHP). Her career has involved extensive interprofessional and interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching, learning, clinical practice, and research.  She has experience in program development, curricular design, and evaluation having led or participated in the development of a spectrum of programs including online courses, national and regional conferences, institutional lecture series, clinical training programs, mentorship programs, and others. Dr. Polansky has over 20 years of experience as a clinician, practicing as a PA in medical oncology and critical care at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, and is past chair and director of research for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Research Interest

Research and Teaching Interests

Her teaching interests include curriculum development and program evaluation, clinical education, and interprofession and interdisciplinary teaching, learning and clinical practice. Her research focuses on interprofessional education and practice.