Melissa Murfin

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies and Academic Coordinator of the Physician Assistant Studies Program
Gerald L. Francis Center 217
2087 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6857

Brief Biography

Dr. Melissa Murfin joined the faculty of the Elon University Department of Physician Assistant Studies in September, 2012. She was previously a member of the faculty at the LECOM School of Pharmacy in Bradenton, FL where she was the course coordinator for Physical Assessment, Drug Literature Evaluation and Clinical Toxicology. She is also a member of the peer review panel of Prescriber's Letter.

Dr. Murfin received a Doctor of Pharmacy and a Master's of Physician Assistant Studies concurrently from the University of Florida. She also holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology/Microbiology from the University of Central Florida. She is licensed as both a physician assistant and a pharmacist in NC and FL. Her past work experiences include the areas of endocrinology, infectious disease and internal medicine. She has a passion for working with the underserved and is currently practicing at the Open Door Clinic, a free clinic for patients 18 to 64 who are low-income and have no insurance. 

Dr. Murfin's research interests include access to care in the underserved, antibiotic resistance and the use of technology in medicine and medical education.


Doctor of Pharmacy -- University of Florida

Master of Physician Assistant Studies -- University of Florida

BS Molecular and Microbiology -- University of Central Florida


Courses Taught

Current Courses

Pharmacology I & II, Advanced Clinical Reasoning 2015 -

Pharmacology, Endocrinology, Pulmonary, Neurology, Oncology, Behavioral Medicine, Geriatrics 2013 - 2014

Department of Physician Assistant Studies




Leadership Positions

Academic Coordinator 2014 - 

Chair, Academic Curriculum Committee 2014 - 

Chair, School of Health Sciences Curriculum Committee 2014 - 

Chair, Academic and Professional Progress Committee, School of Health Sciences, Department of Physician Assistant Studies 2012 - 2014

Current Projects

Pharmaceutical Games with professor Melissa Murfin

Book Review: The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game by Lee Sheldon


Medical informatics: use of antibiotic apps as decision-support tools




Murfin, M. Know your apps: an evidence-based approach to evaluation of mobile clinical applications.      J Physician Assist Educ. 2013;24(3):38-40.

Murfin, M., Wargo, R. and Vazquez, A. Experiences in a Student-Run Medication Assistance Program. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2013 Dec 15;70(24):2176-9. doi: 10.2146/ajhp120753. 

Murfin, M. What's New in...Weight Management. JAAPA. Dec, 2012.


CE/CME for Pharmacist’s Letter/Prescriber’s Letter

Opioid Rotation: Considerations in Opioid Switching, Including Newer Opioid Options

Perioperative Pain Management: How to Help Patients Pre- and Post-op

Osteoporosis Case Study


CE for Pharmacist’s Letter

Diabetes Update for Pharmacists

Pharmacy Law Update


CE for Pharmacy Technician’s Letter

Pharmacy Law Update for Technicians

Keeping the Pharmacy Running - Pharmacy Business for Technicians


Fun and Gamification in Physician Assistant Education


PAEA Annual Education Forum 2014

Conveying Confident Conclusions: P values, Confidence Intervals and Forest Plots

Team presentation

PAEA Annual Education Forum 2014


Experiences in a Student-Run Patient Assistance Program

Poster Presentation

ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting 2011


Gastroparesis: When Good Stomachs Go Bad

Southeast Gatherin’ conference

Florida Pharmacists’ Association 2011


Celiac Disease: Life Without Wheat

Southeast Gatherin’ conference

Florida Pharmacists’ Association 2011


Knowing Your Medicines

Q and A with Sjogren’s Support Group


A Critical Component: The Role of the Pharmacist in Thyroid Disease Management

Team presentation to local pharmacists


The FDA Drug Approval Process

Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences 8th grade Mock UN class

Professional Activities

AAPA Commission on Continuing Professional Development and Education 2014 - present.

Peer review. Prescriber's Letter. 2008 - present.

Professional Development

Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist