I am very excited to join the incredible and experienced faculty at MEDEX Northwest this year (2013). Before joining MEDEX I spent the first five years of my career as a PA practicing rural family practice and was a recipient of the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Award. I then practiced as an emergency medicine PA in a high-volume and high-acuity department and obtained my Certificate of Added Qualification in Emergency Medicine from the NCCPA. At my previous position I was also the coordinator for our non-physician practitioner quality improvement initiative and the founding director of a post-graduate fellowship in emergency medicine.
I am a former troubled teen, high school dropout, and I come from a broken home. At age 17 I had to move out of my home over conflict about my sexuality. It is this life experience that gives me great pride and a sincere passion for providing kind and compassionate care to the many people I have had the privilege of seeing in my office or emergency department. My own academic struggles early in life also give me even greater pride in the opportunity to share my experience and philosophy to help inspire my pre- and post-graduate students to become excellent ambassadors to the medical professions and provide care that I would be happy to receive as a patient myself. I truly believe anyone can and should become a PA if they have the passion to do so. I promise to help by making the acquisition of a complex medical knowledge-base a simple and patient-focused experience that we can enjoy together.
As a married gay man I am also astonished to be somewhere for the first time in my life where I have been welcomed with unanimously open arms, and I encourage any LGBT applicants to feel comfortable here too.