Office: PA Facility 304
Degrees: Doctorate of Education (West Virginia University), 2010; Master of Science in Medical Science, 1994; Bachelor of Science in Medical Science (Alderson-Broadus College) 1991
Year appointed: 2007
After obtaining his Bachelor's degree from the Alderson-Broaddus College Physician Assistant program in 1991, Dr. Childers began clinical practice at the Monongahela Valley Association of Health Centers in Fairmont, W.Va. He worked as a full-time practitioner in family medicine for approximately seven years. While working full-time clinically, Dr. Childers also obtained his Master of Science in medical science with emphasis in rural primary care from Alderson-Broaddus College in 1994. After completing his MS degree, Dr. Childers had the opportunity to practice full-time in family medicine at the Shinnston Medical Center in Shinnston, W.Va. During that time, Dr. Childers was also elected President of the West Virginia Association of Physician Assistants.
After seven years of full-time clinical practice, Dr. Childers began a full-time teaching career in the Alderson-Broaddus College Physician Assistant Program. At AB he was responsible for teaching several courses in history taking, geriatrics, and clinical skills, while working part-time at a local urgent care clinic and later part-time in pediatrics. He continued to teach full-time at AB until he was called to active duty Army in 2003. Dr. Childers worked in the family practice clinic on base as well as the troop medical clinic during that time.
Upon returning from active duty, Dr. Childers took over as the program director of the Alderson-Broaddus College postgraduate surgery, emergency medicine, and hospitalist program. During this same time, Dr. Childers designed and carried out an on-line master's completion program for A-B physician assistant students.
In 2007, Dr. Childers accepted a position as the academic coordinator for the Marietta College Physician Assistant Program. He facilitates and teaches in the clinical medicine, research, and physical exam courses. He is also the faculty advisor for the Marietta College Physician Assistant Student Society. In 2010, he graduated from West Virginia University obtaining a doctorate in education with emphasis on curriculum and instruction.