Elliott "Eli" Rainey '23

Elliott Rainey in their whitecoat headshot in front of a blue background

Hello, my name is Elliott Rainey (they/them). I received a B.S. in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, and an MPH from Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN. I started my career in corporate finance, later transitioned to orthopedics, and finally worked as a first responder before beginning the PA program at CWRU. I volunteered with several after-school programs for LGBTQ+ youth as well as a healthcare clinic for homeless youth. I also served on the medical team at a summer camp for queer youth in Seattle, WA. I enjoy anything related to water and water sports, snow skiing, trying new foods, and traveling.

Preferred Pronouns?  they/them/theirs

Where would you say you are from?  Indianapolis, IN, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?  Pepperdine University

What degree(s) have you completed thus far?  Bachelor's degree and Master's degree

If you completed a master's or professional degree, which degree did you complete, and from what university?  Indiana University, MPH (focus on Epidemiology)

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?  CASPA

Why did you choose the PA program?  Inclusivity, pre-clinical experiences, faculty, and school values that matched mine.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?  Learning about clinical medicine and clinical rotations.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?  Be yourself. Don’t try to fit into a mold. The right school will want you exactly as you are!