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Overcoming the Power Differential–Joining Your Team of Health Care Providers~ How to Get the Most out of Your Visit

Adrian S. Banning, MMS, PA-C
Assistant Clinical Professor
Physician Assistant Department
College of Nursing and Health Professions
Drexel University


AdrianAdrian S. Banning is an assistant clinical professor in the Physician Assistant Program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. She also practices clinically part-time. Her clinical experience is in primary care and adult medicine

She has been the course director for Clinical Medicine III and co-directed Epidemiology for Practice and Prevention. Ms Banning also serves as a faculty leader for a variety of seminars and labs during the didactic portion of the program. Ms. Banning joined the PA department faculty full time in September, 2008. She graduated with a B.A in Psychobiology from Arcadia University in 2002. She then worked as a research technician in the field of traumatic brain injury both at the University of Pennsylvania and at Drexel University College of Medicine. Ms. Banning graduated from Arcadia University’s PA Program in 2006.

She has practiced clinically in family practice and internal medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Her academic interests lie in the application of evidence-based medicine to patient care and patient self-advocacy.  She is a nationally board certified Physician Assistant. Ms. Banning is interested in the areas of dermatology and geriatrics and her current research interests include investigating the mechanisms that PA students utilize to cope with stress.


Have you ever left a medical appointment with questions that you were too uncomfortable to ask?

You are the most important person in your own health and hence, are the most important part of your own healthcare team.

In this segment, we will review 10 important questions that you should not be afraid to ask your healthcare provider-because you deserve answers to them!

This program will give you tips on how to approach your primary care team without being intimidated and get the most out of your visit.

General questions:

Link to “10 Questions”:

3 Key Points:

  1. There is no “rank” in the relationship between you and your care provider. You are equals in your care.
  2. You should not be afraid to ask questions or seek clarification.
  3. There are key questions to remember to ask about at a medical appointment.

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