From a Large University to a Close Campus Community
“Being a PA, I will get to focus on the patient interaction and make a difference in the lives of my patients, which is very important to me.”
Major: Physician Assistant
Transition from Undergraduate School
Haley is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University with the intent to apply to medical school. After graduation, Haley served as an AmeriCorps member in Michigan running a childhood obesity prevention program and addressing women’s health in a medically underserved population. During her transition phase to graduate school, she decided to apply for physician’s assistant programs instead of medical school.
Choosing University of Evansville
Though she received other offers, Haley chose to attend University of Evansville due to the remarkable faculty members she met during the interview process. “Dr. Roscoe, the program director, is very passionate about his work. He wants us to be more than smart providers, he wants us to be great providers for our patients. He made a real impact on me, and after meeting him, I thought the UE PA program would be one of the best!”
Shaping the Program and Enhancing Personal Education
As a member of the first cohort in UE’s PA program, Haley enjoys having the opportunity to shape the program. She explains, “As a member of the first class, I knew I would have the ability to work closely with faculty and adapt the program to my learning style. I felt that the faculty would be dedicated both to my personal achievement in the program and to my success in the field. I didn’t want to be a number in a classroom like I would have been at a larger university. I wanted to have personal connections with my professors and with my classmates.”
Words of Wisdom
“Find the place where you feel you fit. Find the place where you are a part of the team, not just a student. Go to the school that fits your personal mission.”
Fun Facts about Haley
Haley is the PA class president, and her responsibilities include planning the White Coat Ceremony, an event where the Physician Assistant Program students receive their white coats as a symbol of clinical care and service. She also is the liaison between her cohort and the PA program faculty. Haley plans to works with the medically underserved when she graduates, providing health care to those with limited access and resources.