Please tell us which program you chose for your Physician Assistant studies? Why did this program make the top of your list?
I attended Hofstra University on Long Island, NY for both my undergraduate and Master’s in PA Studies. During my undergraduate years, I was able to do some research about their master’s program, network with current students and professors. For me, the program’s abundance of learning resources and their emphasis on teamwork was outstanding, which ultimately made it my #1 choice.
Tell us more about how you came to choose the field of medicine?
During my undergraduate years, I consistently found myself gravitating towards exercise science and there was one class specifically that steered me into medicine, “Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries.” This class offered me an insight into healthcare and there was no turning back. From there, I focused more on the medical field and solidified my career path with and choosing the field of medicine.
What about becoming a PA was attractive?
Initially, it was the versatility of the job that held the attraction for me. As I shadowed PAs from different fields of medicine, I realized there are countless career paths I can take within the field and I love being part of a medical team and working directly with many types of medical professionals.
How did you choose Emergency Medicine as your specialty?
At the start of my clinical rotations as a student, my focus was on orthopedic surgery. With my bachelor’s degree in exercise science and my experience in working as a PT aide, I figured that specialty is what I would be “good at.” After completing both my orthopedic and emergency medicine rotations, it was clear to me I had a change of mind and became 100% set on emergency medicine. I enjoy being a true frontline provider and seeing countless different diagnoses, including those orthopedic cases too. Every patient provides a new encounter and the hands-on medicine and excitement of the emergency department easily solidified my decision to pursue emergency medicine.
What do you enjoy most about your day-to-day practice?
The diversity of each patient case makes the emergency department compelling for me. Seeing patients from newborns to geriatrics, of all races and religions, with a complete variety of symptoms and complaints that makes emergency medicine both challenging and rewarding.
What led you to practice with MEMA?
Being from New York, I did not know much about the medical facilities and groups here in Charlotte. After my girlfriend and I decided to make a move outside of New York, I did an extensive amount of research and networking that led me to MEMA. From there I learned about the large, yet tight-knit emergency medical group and since the first time I visited the website, I was drawn to MEMA’s atmosphere and vision. It was also great to see that many MEMA providers continue to say within the organization.
You’ve been accepted to MEMA’s APP Fellowship – how did you find out about this program?
Through my extensive online research on hospitals and emergency medicine groups in the region, led me to find MEMA. I read about the fellowship and loved every aspect of the program and its offerings.
What do you expect to gain from the Fellowship?
Since graduating from PA school, I had always loved the idea of a fellowship. I believe the protected learning environment makes a great transition from student to freely working provider. I am excited to gain more responsibilities than I had as a student and treat patients more independently. The didactic days of the fellowship will help me learn from patient cases while also perfecting the hands-on skills and procedures that emergency medicine PAs require to be successful.
Has there been one patient, staff member, or caregiver story that has stuck with you?
While I have not begun my clinical shifts with MEMA yet, I will share that Patrick DeVane, PA-C has been extremely helpful with the onboarding process as well as my big move across several states!
Are you a member of any associations, societies, or organizations? Any leadership roles?
I am currently an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
What about Charlotte excites you?
Born and raised in New York, it was a big decision to move to Charlotte, NC. My girlfriend and I have visited several times and knew this is the place we wanted to be. The city is growing exponentially but still has the small city feel (or at least compared to NYC!). Charlotte offers so many things to do and has a surplus of restaurants, bars, outdoor activities, and sporting events.
Do you have any Hobbies, interests, secret powers that are unique to you?
My hobbies include traveling, trying new restaurants, attending sporting events, and golf. I am certainly excited that golf is year-round down here…my game could use the practice!