Please tell us which program you chose for your Physician Assistant studies? Why did this program make the top of your list?

I chose to attend Wingate University’s PA program because it is known for their comprehensive and thorough didactic curriculum, excellent faculty/staff, and high-quality relationships with nearby healthcare facilities. The program also encouraged a collaborative environment within the cohort which is one of the many things previous graduates appreciated about the program. 

 

Tell us more about how you came to choose the field of medicine. What about becoming a PA was attractive?

Growing up, I strived to help people in times of need and to be a listener to those needing support. It was this love for helping others that contributed to my decision to pursue a career in medicine. Pursuing a PA career appealed to me not only because it would allow me to take part in the diagnosis and management of patients, but I would also have the flexibility to explore multiple specialties if desired and be able to establish a healthy work/life balance. 

 

How did you choose Emergency Medicine as your specialty?

I am one who loves to stay busy, so being able to work in a fast-paced environment like the ER truly appealed to me. I also enjoy problem solving, performing procedures, and working with a team of people to provide care to others. 

 

What do you enjoy most about your day-to-day practice? 

I enjoy the collaborative environment of working on a team as well as building rapport with patients. 

 

What led you to practice with MEMA?

I completed one of my emergency medicine rotations with a preceptor who works for MEMA. Throughout my rotation, I had the chance to work alongside many incredible clinicians in this group. Everyone I worked with was so kind, welcoming, and willing to teach me during this time. I knew joining this group would allow me to begin my journey as a PA surrounded by a great team of mentors to help me become the best clinician I can be.  

 

Has there been one patient, staff member, or caregiver story that has stuck with you? 

Before PA school, I worked as a clinical technician on a women’s surgical floor and there was one patient who stood out to me. This particular patient was in the hospital due to a sickle cell crisis and was very distressed especially since her family was not around. I spent as much time as I could with her in between other duties to converse and comfort her. Once shift ended, she expressed how appreciative I was for being compassionate and just listening to her. This reminder continues to inspire me to this day—to strive to be that person for every patient I encounter. 

 

What are some of the biggest challenges of your practice, for a clinician practicing in the emergency department? 

As a new emergency medicine PA, I would say initially the learning curve is steep entering day-to-day ER practice. It is challenging but exciting not knowing who is going to come through the doors each shift. It requires a vast knowledge base of all the various body systems to work up, diagnose, and treat patients. 

 

What about Charlotte excites you?

I love the fact that Charlotte is a young city and there is so much to do activity wise and outdoors. I also enjoy attending sporting events and there are plenty of opportunities to do so in and around the city. 

 

Do you have any Hobbies, interests, or secret powers that are unique to you? 

My favorite things to do outside of work include traveling, going to the gym, playing soccer, cooking/baking new recipes, and reading a good book.