Category Archives: Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants Pursue POCUS Training



Nicole Reichhart, PA-C, is Assistant Professor and didactic faculty for the California State University, Monterey Bay Master of Science Physician Assistant program. She earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Albany Medical College in 2012 and completed an Emergency Medicine fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2013. She has piloted a point-of-care ultrasound curriculum throughout the didactic phase of the MSPA program, preparing the students to enter their clinical year with a vast POCUS skillset. Nicole embeds POCUS into both the anatomy and physiology and clinical skills courses. She is passionate about implementing point-of-care ultrasound in physician assistant school curriculum and providing her students with opportunities to collaborate in the shared mission of improving global health and setting standards for excellence in POCUS. She has nine years of clinical experience as a PA, much of which has been in caring for patients in underserved communities. Nicole is a military spouse, mother of three children under 5, and enjoys a good brunch.


Cracking POCUS Education



A Cardiovascular Physician Assistant since 1997, the focus of Kollpainter’s career has been on endoscopic vessel harvest and post-operative patient care. Since its inception, Kollpainter has been involved with all aspects of endoscopic vessel harvest. He has been named a Diamond level harvester by Guidant, having one of the largest known harvesting experiences. He has been a contributor at the corporate level as a Clinical and Teaching Consultant as well as being an Advisory Board Member since 2002. Kollpainter most notably contribution is that of the Maquet HEMOPRO cut-and-seal technology. It has been his honor to have been one of the handful of CVPA’s to teach endoscopic harvest techniques extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and India. Kollpainter has been involved with bedside ultrasound since 2005, receiving credentials as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in 2008.