Melissa Soester, PhD, PA-C, CAQ-EM

Research Director and Assistant Professor

Department of Medical Sciences
Physician Assistant Program

Department of Medical Sciences
984300 Nebraska Medical Center

Academic Appointments:
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program, UNMC College of Allied Health Professions, 2021
Assistant Professor, College of Saint Mary, 2018-2021

Doctor of Philosophy, Health Sciences, University of South Dakota, 2021
Master of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2005
Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Chadron State College, Summa Cum Laude, 2003
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), 2006-current
Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Emergency Medicine
State of Nebraska PA License, 2007-current
Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Advanced Trauma Life Support
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
Assist in the education of Physician Assistant students in all areas of instruction, both academically and clinically.

Scholarly Activity:
Soester, M. (2021). Improving retention among graduates of the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) and Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP) (Order No. 28493054) [Doctoral dissertation, University of South Dakota]. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.

Clinical Service:
Bryan Health, Lincoln, NE, 2018-current
Memorial Healthcare Systems, Seward, NE, 2007-2018
Plains Medical Center, Limon, CO, 2006-2007

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants (NAPA)
Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)

Nebraska Hospital Association Caring Kind Award Winner, 2014
Outstanding Scholastic Performance, Physician Assistant Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2005