Assistant Clinical Profesor

Felix (Phil) Emond, Jr. is an assistant clinical professor for the Master of Health Services – Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Science-Nurse Practitioner degree programs at the the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing UC Davis. Emond is a fellowship-trained physician assistant in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He brings more than 30 years of clinical experience in outpatient, inpatient and operative care of individuals with musculoskeletal conditions.

Drawing from his more than 30 years of experience in both primary care and musculoskeletal medicine, Emond integrates his extensive specialty experience and primary care foundation to present complex topics in musculoskeletal care in a systematic approach to expedite the sharing of complex subject matter and skills. He applies an interactive teaching method that utilizes case models whenever possible.

Emond began his career in health care as a medic during the phaseout of the Vietnam War and participated in activities related to the evacuation of Saigon. In 1982, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Wayland Baptist University. He was accepted into the U.S. Air Force physician assistant program in 1982. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Oklahoma in 1984. He then worked for four years in a busy family practice clinic before acceptance into the USAF Physician Assistant Orthopedic Fellowship Training Program, which he completed in 1989. He served as senior staff physician assistant and officer in charge until his retirement in 1993 after 20 years of service.

Emond worked in varied venues in the orthopedic field, including The Group Health Medical of Puget Sound. It was during this time that he began teaching as a clinical guest lecturer at the MEDEX Northwest, the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program. Emond's clinical experiences include work in a variety of health care delivery models, such as the staff model HMOs, multispecialty clinics and a small, private practice in Folsom, California. Additionally, Emond has more than 10 years of experience working in an urgent care clinic providing care for a broad spectrum of patients.

Emond began his teaching career at UC Davis as a visiting clinical faculty in the early 1990s, teaching on a variety of musculoskeletal topics and clinical skills relating to orthopedic diagnosis and care. He has been an active educator for more than 20 years.

Emond has spoken at several American Association of Physician Assistant (AAPA) conferences and has served as a subject matter expert for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Additionally, he is active in the AAPA and the Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS). He was named a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 2017. He previously served on the PAOS board of directors. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies, Orthopedic Surgery from the University of Nebraska in 2002.

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