Even as I sat in the MEDEX classroom in 1998, I knew some day I would come “home” to teach. I graduated from MEDEX in 2000, as part of Seattle Class 32, and worked for nearly 7 years at the Tacoma SeaMar Clinica de la Communidad, where most of my patients were Spanish-speaking. This provided a rich family medicine training ground, and I had the pleasure to train many MEDEX students as part of their Underserved Populations rotations through the years. In 2007, I began working at MEDEX part time, which became full time in 2008. In 2008 I also completed an MS in PA Studies with an emphasis in Forensic Medicine.
In 2014, I completed my Doctor of Health Sciences degree in Global Heath, and I have just returned to MEDEX after a two-year leave of absence, where I helped out as the Associate Program Director at the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at the University of Manitoba. The Program Director, Ian Jones (Seattle Class 30) and I have recently completed a study on sociocultural diversity in admissions, and I expect to continue this research in the U.S. Again, I have come home to MEDEX.
As a young child growing up on the muddy banks of the Wishkah in Aberdeen, Washington, I was in awe of scientists and doctors. I hoped that someday I could be smart enough, like them, to make a difference in the world. Through my studies and my work at MEDEX, I have, and will continue to do so far into the future.