Hi, my name is Katherine Trudeau and I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020 with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. While attending school, I obtained my CNA license and worked as a nurse assistant in memory care and assisted living. I also worked as a patient care technician at the University of Michigan Hospital on an intermediate care unit. During my time in college, I served as president of the pre-PA club and worked as a teaching assistant for a cadaver-based anatomy lab. I gained additional patient care experience during my gap year as a medical assistant in a private cardiology practice. I am so grateful to be attending Case Western’s PA program here in Cleveland! When I’m not at school, I love exploring the fantastic food and Metroparks that Cleveland has to offer.
Where would you say you are from? Lake Orion, MI
Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree? University of Michigan
What degree(s) have you completed thus far? Bachelor's degree
How did you hear about CWRU's PA program? I have a family member who attends the medical school at Case, so I decided to look into the PA program for myself.
Why did you choose the PA program? I chose Case's PA program because of the outstanding clinical rotations, interprofessional learning, didactic curriculum, and the location. I was very impressed with the culture of the program on interview day, and taking all things into consideration, I decided Case would be the best fit for me!
What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program? I'm looking forward to representing the PA profession and Case Western through clinical experiences and community service. I'm also excited to learn from my classmates as we cover different topics in medicine. Being a small class, everyone who has something to share has the space to bring their unique experiences to the table.
What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs? Look for programs that align with your own passions and experiences. Try to ask yourself if you would be a good fit for the program (and vice versa). Consider which factors are most important to you -- such as clinical sites, program size, location, or cost-- and rank schools accordingly. Keep an open mind, even throughout the interview process. Schools that may have been your top choice early on may not always remain that way.