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RVU PA STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Natalie Crump, PA

Hometown:
Denver, CO

Undergraduate studies:
BS in Psychology with a Chemistry minor- University of Colorado Denver

Graduate studies, if applicable:
Master of Science in Medical Sciences- University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

What clubs and activities are you currently involved with?
RVU MC^2 Mentor, CMDA, SNMA Club, and Student Delegate for the AAPA Student Academy House of Delegates

Why did you choose PA?
Being a PA represented the collaboration, competence, and compassion I desired in my own personal pursuit of providing care for others. Understanding the history of the PA profession and seeing first-hand the impact of PAs in extending care to underserved populations drove my decision to become a PA. The competency-based curriculum and PA faculty at RVU is what drew me to this program.

What do you like most about PA?
I love that PAs have an opportunity to work within a healthcare team while maintaining autonomy as an independent clinician. As a PA I will enjoy the flexibility of lateral mobility within the profession and a better work life balance. Even though I'm still in training, I love the versatility afforded to PAs and the time spent providing patient education. Watching PA preceptors engage in shared decision making with the patient and members of the healthcare team has been amazing. I look forward to one day doing the same.

What are your medical interests?
Women's health, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Oncology, and Pediatrics.

What do you appreciate most about Colorado and the local area?
As a native, I enjoy Colorado's 4 seasons and the chance to get outdoors. I also frequent new restaurants and food trucks in the Denver area quite often although Covid restrictions has slowed this down a bit.

What are your plans after PA?
After PA school I plan on sitting for the PANCE and either applying for jobs as a new grad or applying for a one-year Advance Practice Fellowship.

What advice do you have for first-year students?
Breathe! Didactic year will be challenging, but if you're organized, manage your time well, and do little each day you will survive. As much as you can, try to review the lectures that were given the same day. I did this more toward the end of the year and wished I had done so from the beginning. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day and your journey to PA-C is no different. Enjoy the ride!

What is your favorite class currently and why?
I loved Skills and Assessment! This is the course where you learn all of the physical exam and diagnostic skills you will use daily to diagnose illnesses and disease. Of all of the courses during didactic year, this one made my journey toward PA-C feel the most tangible. Practicing with my classmates and seeing standardized patients created some of the best memories.

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COLORADO CAMPUS
8401 South Chambers Rd.

Parker, CO 80134
303-373-2008

For faster response, please direct inquiries to the PA Program:
tcoe@rvu.edu