Patrick, a PA-C with MEMA, helped lay the foundation for our APP Fellowship program.
Outside of the Emergency Department, Patrick likes perfecting his slow-smoked ribs recipe, fishing, married life and taking medical mission trips around the world. We recently caught up with Patrick to learn more about him.
Why did you want to become a physician assistant?
I choose to become a physician assistant because I love the team-based approach of being a PA while working closely with a supervising physician. Being a PA gives us the flexibility to move around different specialties, and we have a broad scope of practice and can work within.
Why did you choose Emergency Medicine as your specialty?
Before PA school, I worked as an EMT on both non-emergency and emergency teams. This well-rounded approach helped me quickly identify that the fast-paced always changing world of emergency medicine is where I belong.
Why did you choose to practice with MEMA?
I was attracted to MEMA by seeing the limited turnover in their physician-run organization and impressed from the start to see that many of the clinicians at MEMA have been with the organization for over 15 years.
MEMA treats their PA’s & NP’s exceptionally well and with respect. They supported the Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Fellowship which is devoted to training PA’s and NP’s who are new graduates in emergency medicine.
Tell us more about the APP Fellowship and your role with it.
The APP Fellowship is one of the coolest things I’ve done in my professional career. MEMA saw a need for further training of new graduates in the Emergency Department.
So, alongside Kathy Jordan, DNP, and John Murphy, PA-C we started the APP Fellowship program from the ground up.
Many new graduates don’t recognize how difficult working in the ED can be. We want our APPs to have long careers in the Emergency Department while helping them avoid burn out. Through the APP Fellowship program, we are preparing them to be successful in the ED. Success is attained by managing the challenges that come with working in an environment that requires one to regularly make quick, tough decisions.