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MSK’s Francine Osikowicz Named 2020 PA of the Year
The New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) has named Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Francine Osikowicz, PA-C, PA of the Year for 2020. She was recognized for her passion, commitment and dedication to advocating and advancing the PA practice at MSK and beyond.
Osikowicz has been a physician assistant for 32 years, working in numerous cities across the country before coming to New York City in 1996. She worked extensively in the neurosurgery subspecialty before joining MSK as a PA in the Main Post Anesthesia Care Unit in 2005.
At MSK, Osikowicz has improved collaboration between Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), which has enhanced care practices, and improved employee development and satisfaction. She served as the inaugural chair of the PA Council at MSK from 2018-19, developed APP Grand Rounds, began an APP Professional Development Council and developed an APP Preceptor Workshop.
She also earned the Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management (CHLM) Employer of Excellence Award, and serves as a member of the New York Medical Reserve Corp.
While Osikowicz is passionate about advancing the impact of PAs, she is also proud of the confidence patients have in providers at MSK.
“On numerous occasions, I have had patients and their families comment to me on the kindness and quality of “caring” delivered by “everyone” from the moment they enter our institution,” she said. “It is this value that we emanate that enables patients to put their trust in the healthcare we deliver during a very vulnerable moment in their life.”
Osikowicz graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 and pursued her physician assistant studies at Drexel University, where she graduated with a second Bachelor of Science degree in 1987.
She completed a one-year Physician Assistant Surgical Residency Program at Norwalk Hospital in affiliation with Yale University and obtained a Masters of Public Health degree at New York University in 2000. Osikowicz also completed internships at the World Health Organization in Switzerland and the New York Department of Public Health.
When she’s not working, Osikowicz enjoys adventuring in nature and off-road dirt bike riding with her partner. She has explored backcountry areas traveling from Northwest Territories in Canada, the Arctic Circle in Alaska to remote regions in Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Colorado.