Tara Rick, PA-C

Adjunct Professor



Tara Rick is a hematology and oncology physician assistant at the University of Minnesota Health with over 10 years of clinical experience. She is adjunct faculty at St. Catherine University Master of PA Studies program, with a focus on oncology and global health and has brought students to Tanzania for medical service projects. She is a board member of Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania, an NGO that built and supports a cancer program in Northern Tanzania. Her work in Tanzania is focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and cervical cancer by education of community level health care providers as well as by starting a cervical cancer-screening program in Arusha, Tanzania. As a PA student, Tara travelled to Nicaragua with her professor (and now colleague) Donna DeGracia, an experience which helped shape her career.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2006

Bachelor in Science, Biomedical Science
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 2003

Rick TJ, Moshi DD. The Tanzanian assistant medical officer. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 2018; 31(4):43-47.

NCCPA Health Foundation Be the Change 2017 Grant recipient for Downstaging Breast Cancer in Tanzania.

PAs for Global Health Fellow Scholarship co-recipient (with former St. Kate's PA student, Cassondra Deming) for Toxicity of Cancer Treatment in Tanzania, 2017.

Rick TJ, Deming CM, Helland JR, Hartwig KA. Cancer Training for Frontline Healthcare Providers in Tanzania. Journal of Cancer Education. 2017 Aug 16. DOI: 10.1007/s13187-017-1274-8

Rick TJ, Ballweg R. Physician Assistants and the Expanding Global Healthcare Workforce. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2017 Jun 26. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.17-0176.

Bonden J, Seliski N, Rick TJ. Armed with vinegar and cryotherapy: battling cervical cancer in Tanzania. Poster session presented at: American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference; 18 May 2017; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Rick TJ, Merinyo JJ. A Call for Breast Cancer Risk Factor Education in Countries with Limited Health Care Resources. Journal of Global Oncology. Jan 11, 2017, DOI: 10.1200/JGO.2016.007781.

Kingsley R, Rick T. A Cluster of a Rare Congenital Defect in Tanzania. Poster session presented at: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Conference; 2016 Nov 13–17; Atlanta, GA, USA.

Deming C, Helland J, Rick T. Dispensary Level Cancer Education in Tanzania. Poster session presented at: American Academy of PA Annual Conference; 2016 May 14–18; San Antonio, TX, USA.

PA Foundation IMPACT Grant recipient: "See and Treat" Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment in Tanzania, 2016.

PA Foundation Robert K Peterson Global Outreach Grant recipient for "Dispensary Level Cancer Education in Tanzania", 2015.

Researcher, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2017-present

Adjunct Professor, St Catherine University, 2015–present

Physician Assistant, Urgent Care, Fairview, 2013–present

Physician Assistant, Hematology and Oncology, MHealth, 2006–present

Organizational involvement


Board member, Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania, 2013–present

PA's for Global Health


Breast cancer in Africa: high mortality and strategies for prevention. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 66th Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2017.

Establishing Medical Service Projects: Active Learning/Enhanced Patient Care. Physician Assistant Education Association Education Forum. Denver, Colorado, October 2017.

Keynote speaker. Cancer Prevention and the PA Role in Global Health. PAs for Global Health Annual Meeting. Las Vegas NV, May 17, 2017.

Cervical cancer screening in low-resourced areas. University of Minnesota Global Health Course. Minneapolis MN, May 2017.

Prevention of cervical cancer in Tanzania. Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania Symposium. Minneapolis MN, April 2017.

Physician Assistant Scholar: Bridging the gap between research and patient care. Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistant Annual meeting, Brooklyn Park MN, March 2017.

Cancer education, screening and prevention projects at the community level in Tanzania. Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania Symposium. Minneapolis MN, April 2016.