Hi Everyone!  I'M HERE TO HELP.

If you're not exactly sure where to start, you're in the right place. If you've gotten started and not sure what to do next, we've got you covered.  Because we've been where you are, you'll be in good hands.

Hey Everyone!
I'M HERE TO HELP.

If you're not exactly sure where to start, you're in the right place. If you've gotten started and not sure what to do next, we've got you covered.  Because we've been where you are, you'll be in good hands.

Emily Smith

Hi, I'm Emily Smith

My name is Emily Smith and I am a practicing Stem Cell Transplant PA. I am a Michigan born, but currently Tennessee based PA/MPH. I went to Michigan State University for undergrad and majored in Nutritional Sciences. While I was at Michigan State, I was able to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland and learn more about nutrition, public health, and health economics. After graduating from Michigan State, I went to the University of Michigan- Flint and completed my Masters in Public Health concentrating in health education. I then attended Grand Valley State University and completed my Masters in Physician Assistant Studies Degree. Currently, I am pursuing an online Doctorate of Medical Science Degree through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions focusing on PA education.

I was first introduced to the PA profession during a high school church mission trip to Africa, where one of the adult leaders was a PA. He told me all about his practice and the impact he made on patients lives. When we got back to the United States, I immediately shadowed him and instantly knew I had found where I fit in medicine. I went to college knowing I wanted to be a PA and therefore was able to join my school’s pre-PA club early on and really research and explore the PA programs that I was interested in. I interviewed at several schools I applied to but ultimately made the decision to head to the west side of Michigan and attend Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. I absolutely loved my PA program, and although extremely challenging, firmly believe that my PA program and my preceptors helped me become the PA I am today. I am constantly learning and growing as I am new to the profession, but I am constantly amazed and reminded of how grateful I am to be part of such an amazing profession.

 

I am passionate about Pre-PA/PA student mentoring, PA school education, advocating for legislation that progresses the PA profession, and underserved health care.

 

In my time away from work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, listening to live music, baking, cycling (Team Peloton), traveling, and hiking. During PA school, I was able to obtain my Advanced Wilderness Life Support certification! I love connecting with people (especially PA students/PAs) and feel very blessed to have had and continue to have mentors and professors that have helped me along the way!

FUN FACTS ABOUT ME: I am a big Dave Matthews Band and OAR fan- I have been to over >10 concerts for each band! | I was in the drumline in high school- played bass drum and then quads | I have my Advanced Wilderness Life Support Certification | I love to travel and meet new people | I am part of Team Peloton

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