Michael Crookshanks '23

Michael Crookshanks in his whitecoat in front of hospital

Hi! My name is Michael Crookshanks and I attended the College of Wooster where I obtained my B.A. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurosciences. During my time at Wooster, I did extensive research in neurodegenerative disorders with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to joining the CWRU PA program, I worked for the Cleveland Clinic in clinical trials research. In that time I worked in their electrophysiology section of cardiovascular medicine conducting clinical trials involving patients with atrial fibrillation. During this time I realized my true passion was being directly involved in the care plans for patients. Up until graduating from Wooster I was a competitive swimmer for 18 years and enjoyed being a part of my college’s swimming and diving team. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and hiking across the U.S.!

Preferred Pronouns?  he/him/his

Where would you say you are from?  Cleveland, Ohio, United States​​​​​​​

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?  The College of Wooster​​​​​​​

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?  Through a family friend.

Why did you choose the PA program?  The PA program is a small tight-knit community that is incredibly focused and dedicated to community service and offers its students experience in world-class healthcare systems​​​​​​​

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?  Pre-clinical year clerkship experiences!​​​​​​​

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?  Look at each program's values, goals, and student life to make sure those all align with your needs and interests!