Maria Maldonado, PA-C, MPAP, MPH, Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine joined the program in 2012. Upon graduating from the USC PA Program in 2006 she served for almost 5 years as a National Health Service Corp Scholar working at Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (CHAP), a primary care clinic delivering quality healthcare to predominantly under- and uninsured patients. For the past year Ms. Maldonado worked as an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. Ms. Maldonado completed her undergraduate studies at USC with a BA in Psychology and her graduate education in Public Health at UCLA where she earned a Master’s degree in Public Health. Her life mission includes contributing to the delivery of culturally sensitive healthcare to medically underserved populations and empowerment of disadvantaged communities. Ms. Maldonado serves as course director for and instructor in Topics in Medicine I.