New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants
Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Physician Assistant, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Cara Jacobs Advocates Prevention and Health Screenings for Baselines and Early Detection
“Screenings are crucial to benchmark patients’ health; they are a barometer of the present and the future.”
Cara Jacobs was motivated in science and began her career doing neuroscience research; but although she learned a great deal, she found it lonely. “I wanted the give-and-take with people,” says Cara. “That’s when I decided to switch my career direction and focus on medicine, which would give me the opportunity to interact with patients and other health care professionals on a daily basis.”
As a physician assistant, Cara is passionate about wellness care and providing screenings to all her patients when appropriate. She is a proponent of early detection saving lives. According to Cara, “Preventive care is crucial, and I encourage physical screenings, including PAPs, mammograms, colonoscopies and other screenings, so that a baseline can be recorded; and if an abnormality is detected, it can be treated early.”
She joined Vanguard in 2016 as a physician assistant and provides a variety of services, including annual physicals, sick visits, medication management, blood pressure screenings, vaccinations and extension of services from one of our physicians. Cara is also a certified Department of Transportation medical examiner. This certification allows her to conduct the detailed physicals required for bus and truck drivers with commercial drivers’ licenses.
Cara co-authored “Rebound Potentiation of Inhibition in Juvenile Visual Cortex Requires Vision-Induced BDNF Expression” in the Journal of Neuroscience, August 6, 2014. During her free time, she enjoys reading, jogging with her husband and spending time with her friends.