Between reading the home health guide during grade school, and thinking a copy of the Merck Manual was a good present at 13, I should have known a career in the medical field was inevitable. Pursuing that initial interest led me to become a Navy Hospital Corpsman and to serve with the Marines as field medic. College was its own adventure, and deciding to become a PA provided focus that helped me complete my bachelor’s degree while attending the MEDEX program.
I have had the honor of working with amazing patients and providers in very different and interesting fields: bone marrow and stem cell transplant at Fred Hutchinson and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; emergency medicine around the Seattle region; and as a remote solo medical provider (emergency medicine, family practice, occupational health) at an industrial site and small village in Central Washington. All provided me with opportunities for growth both as an individual and as a medical provider.
My favorite part of medicine is the moment of connection when I can provide the education that leads to understanding. Sometimes it is explaining a disease process or the details needed to make a risk-benefit judgment or select a therapeutic option, and other times it is providing reassurance. I have shared that same moment of connection while teaching PA students, and it is a powerful part of the educational process. I am excited to return to MEDEX, and to help train the next generation of competent, caring and connected PAs.