Please tell us why you chose Wingate University for its Physician Assistant program?
For several reasons, Wingate’s PA program was ideal. I knew I wanted to begin my career here in Charlotte and with Wingate being so close, the networking and learning opportunities to make the right connections were ideal. Also, their class sizes were relatively small, which I liked, and allowed a better interaction with faculty throughout the program.
Tell us more about how you came to choose the field of medicine?
Medicine was always of interest as we have several medical professionals in my family who I look up to. Also, dissecting pigs in the 9th grade truly sealed the deal!
What about becoming a PA was attractive?
I explored nearly every medical career path and decided on the PA route during my junior year of college. Everyone I encountered had only great things to say about being a PA and the work/life balance it allowed them to have.
How did you choose emergency medicine as your specialty?
In high school, I volunteered in the ER and immediately fell in love with the specialty. Fast-forward to being a PA student, I saw first-hand the role of the PA in the ER and knew this is where I belonged. I enjoy the pace, acuity, variety of cases and the medical procedures of the ER.
What do you enjoy most about your day-to-day practice?
I enjoy meeting people and in the ER we encounter people from all walks of life. I also like working closely on a team with other healthcare professionals every day.
What led you to practice with MEMA?
MEMA has a great reputation in the community and with MEMA’s APP Fellowship, I knew this organization would support me and foster my growth as a brand new PA.
What are some of the biggest challenges for a clinician, practicing in the emergency department?
I am just starting out, so I know I am going to face many challenges. I anticipate the biggest challenge to be mastering efficiency, especially at times when the department will be extremely busy.
Are you a member of any associations, societies, or organizations?
I am a member of the Metrolina Association of Physician Assistants, as well as the North Carolina Association of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
What about Charlotte excites you?
I was born and raised in Charlotte, so it has always been home. It is exciting to witness Charlotte become such a vibrant city while at the same time having that that small-town feel and charm.
Do you have any hobbies, interests, secret powers that are unique to you?
I am an avid reader and always love to cheer on both the Carolina Panthers and the UNC Tar Heels!