Cynthia Lord, MHS, PA-C
Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine

Cynthia Booth Lord, MHS, PA-C, is the Founding Director of the Case Western Reserve University Physician Assistant Program in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a PA educator for the past 25 years. Prior to coming to Cleveland, Cindy served as the PA Program Director at Quinnipiac University. Cindy has spent much of her 28-year career working in both family medicine and academia. Currently, she serves as a preceptor for an interprofessional team of students at the Case Western Reserve University Student Run Health Clinic. She is also a volunteer clinician at the Lake County Free Clinic in Painesville, Ohio. Cindy’s career is distinguished by numerous awards for excellence in teaching, service and leadership. She has held leadership roles on state and national boards and is currently serving on the board of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) and the board of Oral Health Ohio. A passionate advocate for oral health integration in education and practice, Cindy is an active member and PA “oral health champion” with the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) and a member of the national PA Oral Health Advisory Group. Cindy is currently part of a Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine NIH/NIDCR research grant to improve access to dental care for low-income children. She is on an interprofessional team of medical providers and researchers educating Cleveland area pediatricians to include oral health screenings in their well child exams. Most recently, Cindy has focused her efforts and experience in the area of interprofessional education. She is a member of the CWRU health professions IPE Steering Committee and Curriculum Design Committee. Cindy has helped develop community-based experiences involving care to older adults living at home and a collaboration with dental medicine to enhance the relationship between physician assistant students and dental residents.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Since the release of Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General in 2000, primary care educators and clinicians have been encouraged to embed interprofessional Oral Health (OH) competencies across education programs. Since 2006, PA national organizations and OH champions have worked to ready the PA workforce for interprofessional OH practice. The current study, a partnership between the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) and the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH), provides a longitudinal perspective on OH integration in PA…
The Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Student Run Health Clinic (SRHC), provides a rich environment to optimize interprofessional clinical learning environments, while addressing the needs of an underserved community. This clinic provides students from different health professions, the opportunity practice and learn together on interprofessional student teams, both in caring for patients in a clinic and in the community, and in leading a mini-health care organization. The SRHC started at CWRU as an interprofessional venture between medical and nursing students in 2011. The structure of…