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Program: Pace University – Lenox Hill Hospital
Hometown: Barre, Vermont.
Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad, The Office, Bones
Hobbies: Painting, traveling, reading, blogging.
Interesting fact about yourself: I was sorted into Slytherin on Pottermore and I’m still trying to come to terms with it.
Undergraduate major/other degrees: B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University
What made you decide to become a PA? I can pinpoint multiple instances over the course of my life that nudged me towards a career in healthcare. From the incessant reading of Big Bird Goes to the Doctor as a child and the constant tinkering with my Fischer Price medical kit, to the “Inside the Human Body” episode of Magic School Bus and one impressionable death of a family member that came when I was in middle school. The PA part came later. I was in high school and attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Boston where I went to a presentation put on by a PA. It was my first interaction with a physician assistant, but one that clearly resonated with me. When it came time to commit to a career path, it was an easy decision. Becoming a PA was most in line with my life goals and I truthfully couldn’t see myself in any other career. The rich history of our profession and ever-growing job outlook were added bonuses. As I continue to learn more about each specialty too, I’m so thankful I’ve entered a profession that allows me the flexibility to change fields with my ever-changing interests
Area of medicine you wish to practice: Neurosurgery or Psychiatry – but I’m not ruling anything out!
Do you hold any student leadership positions? New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) Student Director Alternate, Student Society State Representative, Pace University 2015 Challenge Bowl Team
Please share any personal insight or thoughts with other PA students across the country: When you first start school you’re constantly inundated with people telling you how hard, stressful, and awful all the studying can be. The truth of the matter is, though, being a PA student is such an awesome once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You’ve worked for years to get to this point, so enjoy it and revel in all the studying – don’t let any negative views distract you from what a huge accomplishment it is. The school piece is only a precursor to a career of life long learning, so learn to enjoy and appreciate every part of it.