Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
Class of 2024
Where is your hometown?
Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado Boulder
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have lived in Colorado for my whole life! I grew up in Southeast Aurora and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Boulder. While in college, I worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Sleep and Chronobiology Lab on campus, and I was an active member of my sorority. After college, I obtained my CNA certification and later became a medical assistant at a neurosurgery practice in Denver. I worked there for about 3 years, and it is here where I was exposed to the versatility and scope of a PA! I was able to observe many surgeries and be involved in the care of patients both pre-op and post-op. It is at this time where my interest in surgery grew and I knew that I wanted to become a surgical PA!
What initially brought you to RVU? Why did you decide to pursue this degree?
was originally drawn to RVU due to the shorter didactic phase paired with a longer period of clinical rotations! I am a very hands-on learner, so I knew that this would be the program for me. Due to a longer clinical portion of the program, we are able to complete 12 different rotations, which provides for a lot of exposure into all specialties so that we can become well-rounded and competent PAs. I also liked the small class size. It is nice to have a small class so that there is more one on one time with professors as well as a group of people that become your close friends. Additionally, the cadaver lab was available 24 hours a day and was a great resource for learning anatomy, especially because I want to go into surgery.
I decided to pursue this degree because I realized that the possibilities of being a PA are endless! I also think that PAs have a unique opportunity to truly form strong relationships with their patients and have the ability to communicate and make patients feel heard.
What do you enjoy doing when not at RVU?
When I'm not at RVU, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have a lot of family and friends in the Denver area, so most of my weekends include catching up with them. I also enjoy live music and will never say no to a concert at Red Rocks! Traveling is my favorite thing to do, and I like to do it any chance I get. RVU has a lot of clinical sites out of state, so I have been able to travel to different areas, even during the program.
What is an interesting or little known fact about you.
I studied abroad my junior year of college in Rome, Berlin, and London!
What is the best piece of advice you have been given by a professor or a student while at RVU?
The best advice I have ever gotten is to trust the process! While in PA school, it can feel really overwhelming due to the fast nature of the program. Although it feels like learning everything in such a short amount of time will not be possible, it is important to take things one step at a time and to realize that didactic is your first exposure to material and the foundation that you will create for clinical rotations. Once in rotations, your knowledge will be solidified, and you will be able to put all of that learning into action! RVU does a great job of preparing students for clinical rotations, end of rotation exams, and the PANCE. As long as you trust the process, work hard, and take as much as you can from each learning opportunity you are given, you will be successful!
What are your medical interests?
Surgery, Women's Health, Pediatrics
What is a favorite memory you have from being at RVU?
My favorite memories are those that involve getting together with my classmates on holidays. Last year, we were able to organize a Halloween party, Friendsgiving, and a Christmas party! Because of the small class size, it is easy to get close with classmates and form a relationship with them outside of class. We also try to do events with the other classes. Most recently, we had an event in Denver with the classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025, which was a great opportunity to meet everyone and provide advice and support!
What advice do you have for prospective students?
My greatest advice would be to support each other! We are all in this together. Because of the competency based program, everyone is not their own path to success which eliminates the competitive environment and allows for a more supportive and productive relationship with classmates. The didactic phase can be really difficult, so I think it is important to lean on those who understand the experience you are going through firsthand. Also, never hesitate to ask for help! The faculty and tutors in the upper class are all very willing to meet with you and help in any way they can, so take advantage of it!