Melodie Kolmetz is a multi-disciplinary medical educator who serves as an assistant professor in the physician assistant program at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she was privileged to be part of the inaugural class of PA graduates. She has been actively involved in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) since 1991 and she continues to practice prehospital medicine as a paramedic and serve as a New York State Paramedic Certified Instructor Coordinator (CIC).
She has practiced in a variety of prehospital, inpatient, and outpatient settings, including family medicine, emergency medicine, urgent care, hospitalist medicine, and gastroenterology. Her current PA practice specialty is Occupational Medicine with a specialization in firefighter health.
As a member of the PA Foundation’s initial cohort of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructors, she has been teaching the MHFA curriculum throughout New York since her instructor training in the spring of 2018. She has a BS in Physician Assistant Studies from RIT, an AAS in paramedicine from Monroe Community College, and a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. As a true life-long learner, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning through the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education so you may find her doing her homework on the sidelines of her boys’ soccer/basketball/baseball games.