Gerald A. Erickson, MMSc, PA-C
Gerald (Jerry) A. Erickson Jr., MMSc, PA-C, serves as a trustee on the Physician Assistant Foundation Board of Trustees. A member of the Foundation’s Lifetime Legacy Circle, he has served on the organization’s programs committee and program scholarship subcommittee. He has served as chair of the AAPA Constituent Relations Work Group, Reference Committee and House of Delegates Advisory Committee on Social and Professional Issues.
Currently the president of the Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants, he has served on the Georgia Association Physician Assistant (GAPA) Board of Directors as secretary and member-at-large. A veteran, he is a longtime member of the AAPA House of Delegates, the Veterans Caucus of AAPA, Physician Assistant Education Association, Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistants for Latino Health.
Erickson is the director of didactic education and assistant clinical professor at the Lenior-Rhyne University PA program in Hickory, N.C. Prior to that, he was the associate clinical coordinator at the Mercer University PA program in Atlanta, and he has held teaching positions at the University of Nevada and the U.S. Army. A seasoned web master, he is the co-coordinator/manager of the PA program section of the Lenior-Rhyne and Godsey Matthews Student Society websites. He is the coordinator of the PA-Match website for job postings.
His clinical interests include community health and pedagogical research. He published articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Clinical Advisor, as well as giving CME and poster session presentations at GAPA conferences.
Erickson is a 2003 graduate of the Emory University PA program, where he was an academic medicine fellow. A National health Service Corps scholar, he is the recipient of a 2003 Emory University Leadership Award. He earned a U.S. Army Expert Field Medical Badge in 1992.
Deeply committed to community service and missionary work, he has done several medical mission trips in Mexico. He volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Kare for Kids, and even helped build an “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
He has a wife and two kids, and stays active with his church, where he is a guest services coordinator.