Sonia V. Otte was hired on July 27, 2020 as the Founding Program Director for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. Otte has been a practicing physician assistant (PA) in South Florida since 2012, where she has worked primarily in hospital medicine and medical dermatology.
Originally from southeast Georgia, Otte graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia Honors Program with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Pre-Medicine emphasis. Following graduation, she worked at the American Cancer Society headquarters in Atlanta, GA, as an Internal Communications Manager. In 2010, she attended the Nova Southeastern University PA Program in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where she earned a Masters in Medical Science and graduated as valedictorian of her class.
Following years of clinical practice, Otte transitioned into academia in 2016 at South University in West Palm Beach, FL. She has since served as an Assistant Professor, Director of Pre-Clinical Education, as well as a PA Education Consultant.
Since starting consulting in 2018, Otte has successfully led PA Program Directors and new PA faculty through curriculum development at multiple applicant PA programs across the U.S. Otte is also a published contributor of a chapter within a prominent Physician Assistant board exam review book (PA Review for the PANCE Fifth Edition).