Didactic Year: 2016-17
Hometown: Fruitport, Michigan
Academic Background: Bachelor’s of Science with an Emphasis in Clinical Exercise Science (GVSU 2014)
Healthcare Background: Patient Care Assistant and Monitor Tech Specialist at Mercy Health Hospital on the Cardiac floor (2013-2016)
Professional Goals: I will utilize evidence-based medicine while employing empathy and compassion at the bedside. I plan to treat patients within the hospital setting, in addition to helping treat underserved populations and raising awareness of disease prevention in rural areas and third world countries.
Hometown: Wheaton, IL
Academic Background: B.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Chemistry - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014)
Healthcare Background: EMT-B, ED technician for two years at a level I trauma center, volunteer in physical therapy department for physically disabled students, Lifetime Fitness Program volunteer (fitness coach for elderly population)
Professional Goals: I aim to become a provider focused on patient education to ensure patients leave with more health knowledge than when they entered. I am most interested in emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics, women’s health, and psychiatrics. I am eager to explore each throughout clinical rotations and my career.
Hometown: Clarkston, MI
Academic Background: B.S. in Human Biology with a minor in Health Promotion from Michigan State University.
Healthcare Background: I worked at a long-term and rehab facility - Sanctuary at White Lake - for 3 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Professional Goals: I aspire to become a dedicated and compassionate Physician Assistant. I am currently interested in family medicine but I am looking forward to exploring other areas during clinical year.
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Academic Background: B.S. Health Science and minor and Biology from Ball State University
Healthcare Background: I worked for two years has a nurses aide in a nursing home. I also worked as a home health aide for a year.
Professional Goals: My goal is to become a highly skilled and compassionate PA. I desire to use my background in Health Science and my clinical knowledge as a PA to work with patients to help them achieve healthy lifestyles and overall wellness. I desire to work with underserved populations. I am currently interested in several areas of medicine, so I am excited to see where I will end up.
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Academic Background: B.S. Biology with a French minor, Xavier University; M.P.H. Epidemiology, University of Toledo
Healthcare Background: I was an ER volunteer at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for two years. I also worked as a home health aide with Interim Healthcare Cincinnati, where I helped the elderly who could not afford to go to a nursing home. I later worked for a year as a nurse aide in the memory care unit at an assisted living facility.
Professional Goals: I someday hope to work as an Emergency Medicine PA, as well as in underserved communities both in the U.S. and abroad, where I hope to offer my services to those who are in the most need of good, quality medical care.
Hometown: Seminole, Florida
Academic Background: B.S. in Aerospace Studies from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Healthcare Background: ER volunteer with Red Cross at Evans Army Community Hospital, Phlebotomist at Halifax Health Medical Center, and volunteer with the C Company Forward Troop Medical Clinic while deployed to Kuwait in 2013.
Professional Goals: Graduate from the USF PA program and pass the PANCE to become a certified PA. After accomplishing that I would like to secure a job as an Army PA with the goal of deploying in support of a future operation. I would also like to work in either a Post hospital or VA hospital to better serve our veterans.
Hometown: Union City, OH
Academic Background: B.S. in Biotechnology, Minor in Chemistry from Indiana University East
Healthcare Background: Emergency Department Scribe at Ball Memorial Hospital for 1.5 years; R&D Chemist with an emphasis on body care formulations for I year; STNA for 2 years
Professional Goals: I aspire to serve as a compassionate and competent Physician Assistant for an underserved community. My current interests include Emergency Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgery, but I am eager to pursue any specialty, which motivates and utilizes my skills the most.
Hometown: Brighton, MI
Academic Background: B.S. in Psychology with Specialization in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society from Michigan State University
Healthcare Background: Worked as a CNA at Burcham Hills Retirement Community for two years. I then worked as a Patient Care Tech at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital- Ann Arbor for a year on a Neurology/Urology unit.
Professional Goals: I aspire to be a PA that is dedicated to serving with compassion and competency. My interests currently are family and emergency medicine, with a focus on the underserved population.
Hometown: Granger, IN
Academic Background: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University with a minor in Psychology
Healthcare Background: I worked as a Medical Scribe at The South Bend Clinic in Gastroenterology and Dermatology. I was also a volunteer at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN.
Professional Goals: I hope to provide compassionate and exceptional care to my patients as a Physician Assistant. I have broad interests in various specialties and am looking forward to exploring those more during clinical rotations.
Hometown: Swayzee, IN
Academic Background: A.S. Radiologic Technology, B.S. Medical Imaging
Healthcare Background: Radiologic / CT Technologist 5 years
Professional Goals: To provide accessible, affordable, and quality care while maintaining a radiation conscious outlook in the field of medicine.
Hometown: Joliet, IL
Academic Background: B.S. in Biology from the University of St. Francis Joliet, IL.
Healthcare Background: Licensed EMT. Worked as a medical assistant for a family practice (2 months before being accepted into the PA program), an ophthalmic assistant (3 years), and a clinical supervisor of a sleep apnea treatment center (2 years).
Professional Goals: To become a compassionate and competent P.A. in family or internal medicine. I would like to work/volunteer in underserved populations in my hometown for a few years and then on the island of Kauai, HI.
Hometown: Huntington, IN
Academic Background: B.S. in Human Biology and B.S. in Kinesiology from Michigan State University with High Honors
Healthcare Background: I spent one summer as a therapy aid for my grandfather after he suffered a stroke, one summer working at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center as a CNA, and had a one-semester internship with an orthopedic PA.
Professional Goals: My goal is to become a competent, compassionate, and caring PA who will work to meet the needs of my patients through education and quality care. I look forward to exploring the specialty options I will experience during my clinical year to determine the areas I’m most interested in pursuing.
Hometown: Decatur, IN
Academic Background: BS in Human Biology with minors in Chemistry and Music from IU-Bloomington, and an MS in Biology from IUPUI
Healthcare Background: I worked as a CNA at a long term care facility for 2 years and also volunteered at Riley’s Hospital for Children for 1 year.
Professional Goals: I want to become a caring, compassionate, and competent PA-C that is well respected by all parts of the health care team I work with. I have interests in the areas of Orthopedics and Pediatrics, but I’m always open to new experiences that may take me down other paths.
Hometown: Rochester, Michigan
Academic Background: B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology with a Minor in Gender & Health from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Healthcare Background: I most recently worked as a medical assistant in a pediatric practice for two years. Prior to this, I provided home health care as a nursing assistant for two years.
Professional Goals: My goal is to be a compassionate and caring physician assistant providing personalized care in Women’s Health. I hope to expand access to quality health care in a rurally underserved community.
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Academic Background: B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Healthcare Background: For two years, I was a home health care aid to a student with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I also volunteered at a camp for ventilator dependent children through the University of Michigan children’s hospital.
Professional Goals: I hope to become a knowledgeable and compassionate Physician Assistant, dedicated to assisting underprivileged populations. Currently, my interests are in Obstetrics and Gynecology, but I’m looking forward to exploring my options.
Victoria (Tori) Mayo
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Academic Background: B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Healthcare Background: I worked for one year as a CNA at an assisted living facility and as a Medical Assistant for one year at an internal medicine clinic. I also had the opportunity to intern with inpatient cardiac rehabilitation on a hospital cardiac unit.
Professional Goals: My goal is to become a competent and compassionate PA dedicated to serving others. I strive to provide an optimal healthcare experience to each and every patient.
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Academic Background: Bachelors of Science in Biology
Healthcare Background: 2 years as a Patient Care Technician at Parkview Regional Medical Center on the Medical floor
Professional Goals: Upon finishing PA school I plan to work as an Orthopedic Physician Assistant and provide the best medical care for my patients.
Hometown: Libertyville, IL
Academic Background: B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology from Valparaiso University
Healthcare Background: Certified Nursing Assistant at a long-term skilled nursing facility in La Porte, IN. Volunteer in the acute care unit at a hospital in Lake Forest, IL.
Professional Goals: My goal is to become a knowledgeable and compassionate physician assistant who works to provide excellent care and is dedicated to my patients.
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Academic Background: B.S. in Human Biology from Indiana University Bloomington, Psychology minor (2015)
Healthcare Background: In 2010 I took part in a health internship that sparked my interest in the PA profession and exposed me to different healthcare settings. I later worked as a CNA for a little under two years while attending IU.
Professional Goals: My goals are to graduate and become a PA as part of a healthcare team. As of now, I’m still undecided as to what area I want to work in so I’m excited to explore different options during our clinical year.
Hometown: Janesville, Wisconsin
Academic Background: B.A. in Latin and Ancient Greek (U. of Wisconsin); Ph.D. in Classics (U. of Michigan); American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece; science prerequisites at Berkeley City College and UC-Berkeley
Healthcare Background: EMT-Basic in California
Professional Goals: I look forward to becoming a respected and skilled team member in healthcare. Currently my interests are in surgery and urgent care. Perhaps after some years of working with underserved populations, I might return to my earlier career in education and teach future PA students.
Hometown: Johnston, Iowa
Academic Background: B.S. Kinesiology and Health and an M.S. Biomedical Science
Healthcare Background: Mercy Medical Center Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Specialist where I worked with patients who had be diagnosed with COPD, CAD, MIs, asthma, etc. and worked to improve their quality of life through diet and exercise prevention, EKG monitoring, education, and lifestyle intervention. I also worked as a Davita Dialysis Tech where I performed hemodialysis on ESRD patients.
Professional Goals: I would like to become a very well rounded PA but would like to have a focus primarily in Cardiology.
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Academic Background: B.S. in Biology from Ball State University
Healthcare Background: I worked as a Patient Care Technician in the Emergency Room at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Fort Wayne from August 2015 until May 2016.
Professional Goals: I hope to become a Physician Assistant who saves lives and helps to forward healthcare so that it is more accessible in the United States and internationally. Eventually I would like to be a professor instructing at a PA program while continuing to practice in a clinical setting.
Hometown: Kokomo, IN
Academic Background: Indiana University & IUPUI - B.S. in Medical Imaging, Associate’s in Radiography
Healthcare Background: Diagnostic and surgical x-ray tech at the Indianapolis VA Hospital
Professional Goals: My goal is to work in orthopedics in a VA facility or in sports medicine, but I’m certainly keeping my options open to new areas of interest.