St. Bonaventure University

School of Health Professions Faculty


Braxton, Derien

Derien Braxton

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT
Physician Assistant Studies
ACADEMIC SCHOOL
School of Health Professions

TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
CONTACT
Office phone: (716) 375-7890
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OFFICE
Francis Hall 213
COURSES TAUGHT
  • PA Pharm I, II & III
  • Clinical Medicine
ACADEMIC DEGREES
  • Medical Doctor (MD), Windsor University School Of Medicine, St. Kitts, West Indies.
  • Master of Public Heath (MPH), Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.
  • Bachelor of Science in Allied Health/Emergency Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ala.
OTHER EDUCATION
  • Southern Union Community College, Emergency Medical Services
  • Paramedic University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Transportation Emergency Medical Services Instructor
  • American Heart Association ABC Courses Provider/Instructor, Basic, Advanced & Pediatric Life Support
  • Emory University, Advanced Hazmat Life Support Instructor
  • FEMA - Center for Domestic Preparedness, Emergency Response to Domestic Biological Incidents
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
  • Adjunct Instructor, Fortis Institute, Birmingham, 11/11–3/20
  • Adjunct Instructor, Herzing University, Birmingham, 10/18–1/20
  • Public Health Intern, UAB 1917 Infectious Disease Clinic, Birmingham, 1/18–5/18
  • Adjunct Instructor, Brown Mackie College, Birmingham, 6/13-1/17
  • Medical Intern, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health, Nashville, Tenn, 3/07–7/07
  • Counselor, UAB Hospital, Birmingham, 9/02-2/04
  • Instructor, UAB SOM Dept. of Emergency Medicine, 8/00-6/03
  • Adjunct Instructor, Trenholm State Technical College, Montgomery, Ala., 5/99–8/99
  • Instructor, UAB SOM Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Birmingham, 8/97–5/99
 
ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Publications
  • Braxton, D.A.; "Reactionary Medic." J Emerg Med. 4:11-12, Nov. 1999.
Presentations
  • Bloodborne Pathogens. Oral presentation at Physician Assistant Program, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, March 13, 2002. (Oral)
  • Recognition of Diabetic Emergencies and Management. Oral presentation at John Patterson State Technical College, Montgomery, AL, June 10, 2000. (Oral)
  • Early Recognition of Common Emergencies and Layperson Management. Oral presentation at John Patterson Technical College, Montgomery, AL June 9, 2000. (Oral)
  • Motivational Lecture Series. Oral presentations at Jefferson County Corrections Day Processing Center, Birmingham, AL 2016-2017. (Oral)
  • Cold Weather Emergencies. Oral presentation (television interview) for ABC 33/40,    Birmingham, AL, Jan. 16, 2001. (Oral)
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
It has always been my belief that both educators and students are part of the same circle. The movement of this circle depends on the understanding that both the educator and student have of each other.
 
We can all have a unique perspective, and interpretation of information. However, for me, having an awareness of this during my interaction with students will foster learning. All students have a desire to improve and my teaching philosophy is centered on their perspective and interpretation of information that allows me to tailor their education.
 
Understanding that there are different learning styles, my approach is the use of analogies which make the world of difference with some challenging concepts. I particularly emphasize that students should learn to relate their everyday experiences with the concepts being taught.
 
I also encourage them to redefine the concepts in their own words, while making it part of conversation as much as possible, rather than rote memorization of facts.
 
It is through these techniques that I purposely design or tailor analogies, learning activities, and curriculum with open dialogue. Because of the advances in computer technology, I am able to use a variety of media and modes of instruction to convey challenging concepts, for a more complete approach to leaning.
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