Bianca Belcher, MPH, PA-C

Bianca Belcher, MPH, PA-C

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I grew up in Maine and began my healthcare career in the field of orthotics and prosthetics in 2004. I completed a master’s degree in public health (at the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice) in June 2010 and a master’s degree in science at Northeastern University's physician assistant program in August 2012. While at Northeastern, I became a 2011–2012 Albert Schweitzer Fellow and completed a year-long community health project focused on the sexual education of adolescents and asthma action plans. I am currently pursuing my clinical passion of neurosurgery at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA where I work with the chief of vascular and endovascular neurosurgery, splitting my time between clinic, procedures, research, and practice-building. I hold academic positions at Harvard Medical School, Northeastern University, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions. My interests include integrating social media into the delivery of better health services, traveling, mixed martial arts, and the latest Netflix obsession. You can follow me on Twitter @B_Belcher or on LinkedIn.

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May 4th, 2016

The Fringe: Part 2 – Debt Management

Welcome to part 2 of my 4-part series titled “The Fringe” (see part 1). So many students come out of medical school, PA school, or nursing school with a significant amount of debt. Couple graduate loans with undergraduate loans and/or other loans that you may have taken on over the years (car, house, etc.) — and the […]


March 29th, 2016

The Fringe: Part 1 – Negotiation Basics

This is the first installment of a four-part series dedicated to what I like to call “The Fringe” of working in medicine. I call it The Fringe because it really has nothing to do with the practice of medicine; yet, we all deal with it. As clinicians, we spend a significant amount of time learning […]


February 24th, 2016

My Profession Made Me a Better Person

I love practicing medicine. As a student, I devoured chapter after chapter of medical books. I listened to didactic lectures on repeat all the while envisioning myself bettering sick patients’ lives with treatments and curative procedures. The idea of this brought me a great sense of joy and excitement. In hindsight, I had been imagining […]


January 20th, 2016

4 Indirect Ways Outpatient PAs Can Contribute to Practice Growth

In many clinical practices PAs are integral members of the patient care team. We round. We order and interpret labs and imaging. We assist in the OR. We see patients in clinic. We contribute significantly day to day to make sure we provide the best care possible, and we formulate bonds with our patients and […]


December 9th, 2015

Be a Quality Preceptor: Our Legacy Depends On It

In 2010, there were 146 accredited physician assistant (PA) programs in the United States. Today, we have 200 and that number continues to grow annually. I see this rapid growth as a double-edged sword. On the one hand, physician assistants fill a crucial role in the healthcare team delivering high-quality care to patients — so […]


November 4th, 2015

What Should “PA” Stand For?

Bianca Belcher, MPH, PA-C, practices neurosurgery in Boston, MA. In the past few years, the charge to rename our profession from “physician assistant” to “physician associate” has gained momentum. Although a name change would not alter the scope of what PAs do on a day-to-day basis, the argument is that it might better inform our […]


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