Undergraduate Degree: BA of Psychology, Cum Laude
2015 Psychology Department Senior Teaching Assistant Award
Current Position Title and Affiliation: Physician Assistant Student at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Summary of Position:
As a PA student, I am actively learning the sciences and skills needed to effectively treat patients in a variety of medical specialties. As a first-year student, I am currently in the midst of the didactic portion of school. This will soon be followed by learning patient assessments and working in the clinical space.
To become a proficient Physician Assistant, to attain Spanish fluency, and to hike all 48 mountains in New Hampshire that peak above 4,000 feet.
What do you love most about this career path?
The Physician Assistant (PA) profession is a medically based field that is growing at an incredible rate. Working with other PAs, at my post-college job as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Neurosurgery department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, exposed me to the dynamic, integral, rewarding work of a PA. I will have a direct impact on the treatment and outcome of many patients, especially those in underserved area around the country. That’s important to me. People deserve equal access to medical care and I truly believe my future role as a PA will give me the opportunity to make this possible.
How did UMass and/or Psychological and Brain Sciences help prepare you?
Becoming a PA is hard work! The UMass Psych department taught me to study efficiently, stay motivated, and never stop learning. The information I learned as a Psych under-grad is constantly being applied on an everyday basis. Foundational skills for success, like closed-loop communication, critical thinking, job-interviewing, and professionalism were shaped in the Psych department.
Tips for Current Undergrads:
Bolster your resume with relevant experience for the career you are aiming for, but do not be afraid to explore new clubs, hobbies, friendships and events. Although growing into certain interests may take a long time, undergrad is the premier chance to do as much as you can to expand on who you are as a person. After school, life can get in the way, so take the time now to explore. Take a class that interests you, meet new people, try something new.