Cindy Bennett

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Gerald L. Francis Center 219
2087 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6856

Brief Biography

Dr. Bennett joined the faculty of Elon University's Department of Physician Assistant Studies in September 2012, bringing a unique mixture of didactic and clinical experience.  Her didactic experience includes teaching in middle and high school, as well as teaching Physician Assistant students and medical students/residents at The University of Florida, and serving as Adjunct Faculty with Duke University School of Medicine.  Dr. Bennett completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Florida in 1997, then worked as a private practice obstetrician-gynecologist from 1997- 2005.  She is the primary instructor for anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology during the didactic phase of Physician Assistant education at Elon University, and enjoys bringing dynamism and clinical relevance to preclinical education.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill   Bachelor of Arts in Biology, May 1986

University of North Carolina School of Medicine    Doctor of Medicine, May 1993

University of Florida College of Medicine   Residency and Chief Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1993- 1997

Employment History

Science Teacher, 1986-1987, Randolph-Macon Military Academy, Front Royal, VA      

Science Teacher, 1987-1988, Rumson Country Day School, Rumson, NJ           

Cytotechnologist, 1998-1999, Genetics Associates of  North Carolina (now Genecare), Chapel Hill, NC

Resident and Chief Resident, 1993-1997, University of Florida/Shands Teaching Hospital, Gainesville FL

General Practice Obstetrician-Gynecologist, 1997-2003, Courtview OB/GYN,  Gastonia, NC    

  •  Served as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics in 2003 and as member of the Medical Executive Committee in 2002-2003.

General Practice Obstetrician-Gynecologist, 2003- 2005, Durham Women’s Clinic, Durham, NC

  • affiliated with Duke University as an adjunct professor, and supervised/instructed OB/GYN residents from Duke University School of Medicine.

Writer/Editor, 2007- 2009, Challenger Corporation

Math/Science Teacher, 2009- 2012, The Elon School

Courses Taught


PAS 502, Medical Physiology

PAS 510, Anatomy I

PAS 512, Pathophysiology I

PAS 520, Anatomy II

PAS 522, Pathophysiology II

PAS 542, Reproductive Medicine and Sexual Health


2013-2014 Curriculum:

PAS 502, Medical Physiology, January 2013

PAS 510- 542, Basic Science and Pathophysiology thread of each course

PAS 510- 542, Anatomy thread of each course

PAS 516, 522, 524, 536, 550 Course Director of each course


Leadership Positions

Faculty Advisor, Elon Physician Assistant Student Society


Assessment of Anatomical Body Painting as a Tool in Physician Assistant Anatomy Education, 2014-2015

Use of a 3D Anatomy App in Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy Didactic Education 

Use of a 3D Anatomy App in Physician Assistant Education during Clinical Preceptorship (in progress)

Correlation of pap smear diagnosis to histopathologic findings after LEEP procedure, 1994-1996

Patient Acceptance of Transvaginal Ultrasound, 1996-1997

Current Projects

Anatomical Body Painting as a tool in Anatomy Education (ongoing)

Use of a 3D Anatomy App in Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy Education 

Feasibility of an Anatomical Gift Program at Elon University

The Value of Fresh vs. Preserved Tissue in Physician Assistant Education (proposed)

Incidence of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in female endurance athletes (proposed)

Grants Awarded

CATL Teaching and Learning Grant: "Bring Me To Life: Anatomic Body Painting as a Tool in Anatomy Education", 2014

ATACC Grant, 2014

 UNC School of Medicine Foreign Fellowship Award, 1990

 National Institutes of Health Research Grant, 1990


Bennett, Cynthia, Anatomic Body Painting as a Teaching Tool in Physician Assistant Education: a Qualitative and Quantitative Assesssment (submitted; publication pending)

Bennett, Cynthia, Anatomic Body Painting: Where Visual Art Meets Science.  J Phys Assistant Educ 2015(4), pp 52-54.

Bennett, Cynthia, Genetics in OBGYN.  Challenger Corporation CME, 2007 

     *also  listed as co-author and editor of numerous publications at Challenger Corporation, 2007-2008.

Bennett, Cynthia,  Multiple Gestation.  Challenger Corporation CME, 2007

Bennett, C. and Richards, D., “Patient Acceptance of Endovaginal Ultrasound.”  Ultrasound in OB/GYN,  15(1), Jan 2000, pp 52-55.

Bennett, C. C., “The Aminoglycosides.”  Primary Care Update for OB/GYNs, 3(6), Nov/Dec 1996, pp. 186- 191.

Cowan, C.M., “Utilization of Health Services by the Bedouin Population of Rahat.”  Working Papers in International Health, July 1991, pp 13-20.


Anatomic Body Painting as a Teaching Tool in Physician Assistant Education: a Qualitative and Quantitative Assesssment.  Physician Assistant Education Association Education Forum, October 2014

Bring Me To Life: Anatomic Body Painting as a Tool in Anatomy Education.  Physician Assistant Education Association Education Forum, October 2013.

Professional Activities

Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, issued 2000, renewed 2012

Physician Licensure, North Carolina Medical Board

Fellow, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, received 2000, renewal pending November 2012

Service Activities

Faculty Coordinator, The Elon School’s Community Service Program, 2010-2012

Alamance County Service League, 2007-2009

Professional Development

PAEA Annual Education Forum, October 2014

PAEA Annual Education Forum, October 2013

PAEA Annual Education Forum, November 2012


Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of Florida College of Medicine, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997

First place winner for Scientific Writing, Primary Care Update Writing Contest, 1996