I have worked as Physician Associate (PA) in General Practice since 2013, and continue to do this alongside my role at Sheffield Hallam University. I lecture primarily on the PA course but also across other disciplines.
I have worked as a Physician Associate (PA) in General Practice since 2013, and continue to do this alongside my role at Sheffield Hallam University, lecturing primarily on the PA course but also across other disciplines. I have worked part-time at Sheffield Hallam University on my non-clinical days since 2015. In my spare time I do ad-hoc work providing mentorship and consultation observation for local PAs in primary care in Sheffield; some of whom are our PA alumni, which provides a fantastic opportunity to keep in touch with them.
I am the Module Leader on the General Medicine and Specialties Medicine modules in the MSc Physician Associate programme. Alongside this I support the Physician Associate (PA) students on their clincial placements, and lead on the formative OSCEs and Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exams that the course team organise alongside the other summative assessments, in order to prepare the PA students for their National Exam. In addition to my PA teaching and assessment commitments, I am involved in teaching and assessment in other disciplines such as Advanced Clinical Practice modules. My main interests are in Consultation skills and Blood test interpretation from a primary care perspective.
Agarwal, R. (2020). Life as a Physician Associate BP (before primary care preceptorships). BJGP Life. https://bjgplife.com/2020/11/27/life-as-a-physician-associate-bp-before-primary-care-preceptorships/
Hoskin, J., & Agarwal, R. (2020). Preceptorship scheme for newly qualified physician associates working in general practice in Sheffield. Clinical Medicine, 20 (6), e255-e259. http://doi.org/10.7861/clinmed.2020-0221
Agarwal, R., & Mitchell, S. (2020). Viewpoint: A Proposed role for physicians associates (PAS) in palliative care. BJGP Life. https://bjgplife.com/2020/11/02/viewpoint-a-proposed-role-for-physician-associates-pas-in-palliative-care/
I am a Careers mentor for Undergraduate life science students at University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, which allows me to discuss my clinical role as a practising PA to those interested in pursuing this profession. I have previously been involved with the Faculty of Physician Associates in reviewing the Matrix of conditions, and continue to support the Faculty through examining on the PA National Exams. I am an Allied Health Representative for the Royal College of GPs in South Yorkshire and North Trent (RCGP SYNT), which enables me to represent and feed back to PAs working in primary care.
I have been interviewed by Ben Gowland from Ockham Healthcare in a podcast regarding my clinical role (episode 40, November 2016). I also briefly feature in a video on 'A career as a Physician Associate' on the Health Careers page on Youtube, discussing the benefits of working as a Physician Associate.