Class of 2024

Meet some of the class of 2024! These students are a diverse, talented, and dedicated group of individuals with a variety of backgrounds, goals, and aspirations. Read their stories and advice for future PA students!

Taylor Hughes

Name: Taylor Hughes

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: University of Pittsburgh

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: B.S. in Emergency Medicine

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I heard about the program from a friend who had applied to PA school the previous cycle.

Why did you choose the PA program?: During my interview, I felt so welcomed by the students and faculty who made Case feel like a home away from home. I also loved that the program offered many unique opportunities like the pre-clinical clerkship and student run health clinic.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: Learning and growing alongside my classmates as we become future clinicians. I am excited to see us all succeed and apply what we learn in caring for our future patients!

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Keep an open mind! Find program missions, values and structures that speak to you the most. Give every program you apply to an equal chance and you will find the best fit!


 

Grace Shaffer

Name: Grace Shaffer

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Berea (Cleveland), OH, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Bowling Green State University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BAHS (Applied Health Science)

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: Growing up in Cleveland, I knew about Case and everything it has to offer, once I decided on PA school, I knew Case was where I wanted to go!

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose CWRU because of the way I felt on interview day. It was apparent that every single staff and faculty member cares about their student and wants them to succeed.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: It’s been my lifelong goal to practice medicine and I just can’t believe that I’m now learning the things I need to know in order to do that.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Take time for you! Despite what you think, there is ALWAYS time for you.


Natalia Rangel

Name: Natalia Rangel

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Cucuta, Colombia

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: University of South Florida

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Biology and BA in Psychology

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: The program was recommended by a friend!

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose the PA program because of the beautiful campus, the hospital affiliations, and the strong sense of involvement in the community.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I am most excited to begin clinical rotations!

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Get out of your comfort zone and do not have any self-doubts!


Cassandra Viveen

Name: Cassandra Viveen

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Grand Rapids, MI

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Hope College

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BA in Spanish

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I discovered the CWRU PA program through my pre-health advisor at Hope College.

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose CWRU, not only due to its reputation for excellence, but also because of how personable the faculty were and how strongly they support their students to succeed and become great people and clinicians.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I am excited to learn medicine and begin treating patients.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Chose the program that fits who you are and who you want to be as a PA!


Samantha Miller

Name: Samantha Miller

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: St. Paris, OH, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Ohio University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: Bachelor of Fine Arts

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I moved to Cleveland and heard from many medical professionals about the school.

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose CWRU’s PA Program because the curriculum is outstanding, they incorporate many pre-clinical medical experiences into the first year, they have many partners for clinical rotations and offer several elective rotations, and have beautiful, modern facilities and tools to help us learn.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I am looking forward to developing my skills as a future healthcare provider and finding a specialty that I am really passionate about working in.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: After you work very hard on your CASPA application and you begin to receive interview offers, acceptances, rejections, and wait list notifications, remember that you need to look for the school that is right for you. Trust yourself when you feel like one place might be right for you. Also, if you get a rejection or waitlist email/letter from a school you applied to, only let yourself be upset for a moment and then move on. Everything happens for a reason.


 

Sarah Allam

Name: Sarah Allam

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Chicago, Illinois

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: DePaul University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Health Science

What degree(s) have you completed thus far?: Bachelor's degree, Master's degree (M.A./M.S./M.Ph/MBA, etc.)

If you completed a master's or professional degree, which degree did you complete, and from what university?: MS in Biotechnology from Rush University

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I heard about CWRU's PA program when I was researching which PA schools to apply to.

Why did you choose the PA program?: I saw that Case's PA program really cares about their community and giving back to underserved populations in the area. They make volunteering a big part of their curriculum as well as getting their PA students started with clinical experience during their first year. Providing a positive healthcare experience for underserved patients is crucial to improving the health and wellness of our underserved populations as well as decreasing comorbidities. Case's PA students engage with the underserved communities in the Cleveland area and, by becoming a PA student here at Case, I get to be a part of that movement in healthcare.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I'm looking forward to using the skills I'm learning in didactic year to help clinically engage with our underserved communities in Cleveland as well as the underserved patients I will see when I have my first job. I am also looking forward to building bonds with my class and getting to live in a new city!

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Make sure to research each program you are applying to and make sure their goals align with your own. You are choosing the school just as much as the school is choosing their new cohort.


 

Lisa Kim

Name: Lisa Kim

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Chicago, IL, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Case Western Reserve University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BA in Cognitive Science

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I learned about the PA profession around sophomore year of undergrad at CWRU and it sparked a lot of interest in me. So I looked up to see if CWRU had a PA program.

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose CWRU's PA program because I was confident that the program would provide me the education/training that I would need to become a great PA. Also, the surrounding hospital systems are unbeatable and provides us with a lot of opportunities.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I'm most excited for clinical rotations! It will be a chance for us to apply our knowledge and I think it will be exciting to see how much we have learned over our didactic year.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: I would look closely at their mission statement and goals as a program. I think those two things can give you a good look on the culture they breed as a program. CWRU drew me in because of their emphasis on community outreach, diversity, inclusion, and professionalism.


 

Nooria Ghafoor

Name: Nooria Ghafoor

Preferred Pronouns: Nooria

Where would you say you are from?: Connecticut, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: University of Connecticut

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: B.S. in Molecular & Cell Biology

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I heard about CWRU’s PA program through the AAPA. My focus was to research and attend a school that is culturally inclusive.

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose CWRU’s PA program because its values and missions were in line with my own. I noticed this especially during my interview. Also, I knew I would perform better with a smaller class.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I am looking forward to taking every opportunity I can to become a well-rounded, competent PA. Frankly, I cannot wait to practice medicine and advocate for equal, quality care!

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Applying to a program in any field is a long process. However, applying to programs in healthcare is a thoughtful process. I suggest to take your time and get to know the program’s values, curriculum, faculty, and so on. Which program genuinely resonates with you?


 

Devin Eagan

Name: Devin Eagan

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

Where would you say you are from?: Haiku, Hawaii, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: East Tennessee State University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Chemistry, BS in Health Science

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: Online!

Why did you choose the PA program?: The reputation of CASE, the facilities were nice, the small class size, the accreditation, the associated network of hospitals, the fact they worked with cadavers, and the confidence that I would receive a robust education that I could stand behind and rely on during my future career.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: It is hard to say. Really the whole process, because I am looking forward to the day I can stand confidently in front a patient and supply excellent care to help that human being. But if I had to choose, probably clinical rotations.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Look for accreditation, some schools on CASPA don't have full accreditation. Also, look at housing prices in the area, that can be a hidden cost. Be open to applying broadly and apply to a good handful of places.


 

Jarrad Schulte

Name: Jarrad Schulte

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

Where would you say you are from?: Portland, OR, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Oregon State University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Exercise & Sport Science

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: A good friend of mine attended Case for her undergraduate studies and mentioned that the university has an outstanding School of Medicine. After talking to her about Cleveland and researching the program, I decided to add it to my application on the upcoming cycle.

Why did you choose the PA program?: Amidst the pandemic, most of the interviews invitations I received were virtual, but I was fortunate enough to have received an on-site interview from Case. I'm glad I attended because I had such a positive experience during that interview, more so than any other program, and it felt like the "right" fit for me. Between my time with the faculty, other interviewees, and the current students, it felt so welcoming and supportive.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: While there is so much content to be covered and mastered in PA school, I really look forward to watching myself be challenged with the didactic workload and then experience the rapid growth in my clinical knowledge and skills in such a short period of time. That transformation is so cool to me!

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Not every program is right for you. The admissions process is not just the school interviewing you as a candidate; it is also you interviewing the school to find which program will best support you and create an environment for you to thrive. Do your research before applying and make the most out of your interviews when you have the chance.


 

Nicholas Grosser

Name: Nick Grosser

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

Where would you say you are from?: Cold Spring, KY, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: University of Louisville

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BA in Biology

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: Word of mouth and online!

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose CWRU for the the amazing resources, caring faculty, and association to the medical school. I wanted a high caliber, thorough education with a comfortable and welcoming community. I have experienced all that and more and I look forward to what is to come!

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: Learning more about each specialty through clinical rotations and building relationships with classmates and faculty.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Believe in yourself and trust the process; emphasize what makes you unique and don't be afraid to be different!


 

Anne Mackin

Name: Annie Mackin

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Pittsburgh, PA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Penn State

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Biobehavioral Health

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I heard about CWRU from a mentor in college,

Why did you choose the PA program?: I really liked the volunteer aspect of the program. I also felt like the program was very supportive of its students.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I am looking forward to all hands on experiences and my clinical rotations.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Look for a program that has similar values to your own. Also, gain as much clinical experience as you can.


 

Calvin Huang

Name: Calvin Huang

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

Where would you say you are from?: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: University of California, Berkeley

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS Molecular Environmental Biology

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I had a good friend who attended CWRU for undergraduate and learned about the school's amazing reputation in the medical community. When I found the program listed on ARC-PA, I immediately knew that I wanted to apply.

Why did you choose the PA program?: The CWRU mission of community outreach and leadership development aligned closely with my own personal values. During Interview Day, I was impressed with the intentional design of the curriculum and learned of the high quality and diversity of connections I would receive in this program and wider learning community.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I am looking forward to learning medicine and engaging in community service with my cohort. I'm excited to apply the teamwork and collaboration we develop in our studies to our future practice as Physician Assistants.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Make sure that the mission of the PA program you are applying to aligns with your personal values and goals. During your interviews, remember that you are also seeing if the program will be a good fit for you. Engage with faculty members and determine if they will be able to give you the academic and professional support you need to succeed.


 

Zachary Lichter

Name: Zachary Lichter

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

Where would you say you are from?: Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Pennsylvania State University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Kinesiology

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I have always known Case Western for its amazing reputation in medical training and was really interested in going to Case because of its affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic.

Why did you choose the PA program?: I was blown away during my in person interview. The faculty, facilities, students of the program, the rotations, and the way the program is run were all amazing to me.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I look forward to gaining more direct clinical skills and learning how to best treat patients, especially since I come from a research background and don’t have much experience in direct healthcare.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Get started as early as possible, take every interview, and apply to as many places as possible - the more choices you have the better.


 

Isabelle Brick

Name: Isabelle Brick

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Rochester, NY

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Dartmouth College

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BA in Biology and Music

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I found the CWRU PA Program by researching programs with excellent opportunities for rotations and volunteering.

Why did you choose the PA program?: When I met current students and faculty, everyone had an incredibly positive energy and excitement for medicine! This, paired with the opportunities for pre-clinical clerkships and volunteering, made the decision simple!

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: Right now, I'm excited to continue practicing medical interviewing techniques and can't wait for pre-clinical clerkships in the fall!

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Look for programs that have missions and goals that truly align with your interests, and talk to current students and alumni to get a sense of fit.


Shannon Johnson

Name: Shannon Johnson

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Wheaton, IL

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Marquette University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Biomedical Sciences

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I think I heard about CWRU PA program at a PA program fair last year.

Why did you choose the PA program?: I love the resources that Cleveland and CWRU have to offer in the medical field, and I love the emphasis on serving the community and on strengthening interprofessional relationships.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I am looking forward to getting to know my classmates and other peers because I know that fostering relationships now will help me be a better PA in the future.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: I would tell future PA students to start as early as they can on gaining patient experience, not only because it looks good on applications to have as many hours as possible, but also because the experiences I had before PA school were so valuable and will help me be a better PA. That is one of the requirements of PA schools that I think medical schools should have too.


 

Erum Shah

Name: Erum Shah

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Kalamazoo, MI 

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Western Michigan University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: Psychology

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: From the internet!

Why did you choose the PA program?: Early clinical exposure, hospital affiliates, and my interview experience!

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I am looking forward to being able to apply the didactic knowledge we gain to clinical experiences, such as the preclinical clerkships. I am also excited about clinical rotations at some of the best hospitals!

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Research the schools you are interested in and see if their mission aligns with yours. One thing that the CWRU PA Program emphasized when I interviewed here that I would like to pass on is that you are interviewing the schools just as much as they are interviewing you. So make sure you ask questions and see if it is a school and environment you'd like to be in.


 

Paige Pielet

Name: Paige Pielet

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Chicago, IL, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Tulane University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Public Health (minors: Psychology and Economics)

What degree(s) have you completed thus far?: Bachelor's degree, Master's degree (M.A./M.S./M.Ph/MBA, etc.)

If you completed a master's or professional degree, which degree did you complete, and from what university?: MPH in Epidemiology, Tulane University

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: While researching PA programs online!

Why did you choose the PA program?: During the interview, I felt connected to the program's mission, as well as to the faculty and students. It checked all the boxes for me and added some new ones. I appreciated the hospital affiliations, diverse clinical experiences, the community service aspect, and interprofessional education.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: Getting early clinical experience through the Student Run Health Clinic and preclinical clerkships, as well as the community service.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Research a program before blinding applying. Look at their mission and vision to make sure it aligns with who you aspire to be as a future PA. Keep an open mind throughout the process.


 

Maya Sinjo

Name: Maya Sinjo

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Toronto, Canada

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: York University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Kinesiology

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

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

Why did you choose the PA program?: I was impressed with the professionalism and the support provided during the application and interview process. Also, during my interview I was offered to be shown the prayer room at the HEC, it felt good to be around people who respected my diversity.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: My Surgery clinical rotation!

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Expand your mindset and find a program that matches your goals as a future PA!


 

Victoria Larranaga

Name: Victoria Larranaga

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Miami, FL, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: University of Florida

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: Major in Biological Sciences, Minors in Health Disparities and Nutritional Sciences

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: While researching programs on CASPA!

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose Case because of their commitment to helping serve the community and emphasis on interdisciplinary learning.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: Pre-Clinical Clerkships in the Fall and volunteering with the Student Run Health Clinic this summer!

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Try to apply to programs that you think you would be a good fit for. Pay attention to their mission statements and program values since it tells you a lot about what the program cares about.


 

Alexis Van Tiem

Name: Alexis Van Tiem

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Macomb, Michigan, US

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Loyola University Chicago

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: Exercise Science, B.S.

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

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

Why did you choose the PA program?: The best interaction between faculty and students, paralleled goals about community engagement, clinical options, intention behind everything was/is obvious.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: The emphasis on community impact, continuous learning, and forming relationships with peers and staff

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Look on CASPA website as well as school's personal website to understand requirements clearly. They're always updating things and sometimes CASPA isn't the most detailed or updated. If there are discrepancies or there are other questions, don't be afraid to reach out to the provided contacts - some aren't very helpful, but when they are helpful it says a lot about the program and how they value communication.


 

Angelica Williams

Name: Angelica Williams

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Annapolis, MD, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Clemson University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Biological Sciences

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: Online on ARC-PA

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose this program based on the emphasis on community engagement, interprofessional learning with other students, and pre-clinical opportunities.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I am looking forward to learning all of the skills and knowledge needed to become a great PA. I am also very excited for clinicals!

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Look for programs that align with your personal values and keep an open mind when choosing programs to apply to.


 

Divya Ramani

Name: Divya Ramani

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: San Jose, California

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: University of California, Santa Cruz

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology (BS) and Feminist Studies in the science/medicine track (BA)

What degree(s) have you completed thus far?: Bachelor's degree (2)

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: The website!

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose the CWRU PA program because of its commitment to social justice and health equity, both of which align with my personal values and became immediately apparent to me during the interview process. Also, I wanted the opportunity to train at Cleveland Clinic and other great hospitals in the area.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I'm looking forward to learning how to utilize my medical training to best deliver healthcare to marginalized and underserved communities in the greater Cleveland area and beyond.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Find a program that is committed to growing and supporting you as a PERSON and a PA student. You come into PA school as an individual with unique skills and personality. You will want to immerse yourself in an environment that respects that. Research the school, scan the curriculum, and talk to faculty/current students about how the program celebrates differences and motivates you to grow!


 

Zubin Khan

Name: Zubin Khan

Preferred Pronouns: he/him/his

Where would you say you are from?: Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Eastern Michigan University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Psychology and General Chemistry

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: The Internet and CWRU’s general medical school reputation!

Why did you choose the PA program?: When I was younger, I was often told that where I got my bachelors degree didn’t matter. So when I finally made the decision to pursue PA school, I was determined to go to the best program I could get into. I wanted to be a CWRU alum and be pushed to reach my full capabilities. I wanted to have the opportunity to take advantage of all the rich resources the university offers.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: Going beyond what I thought I was capable of accomplishing in terms of work and learning. I also am interested in being a part of the other outside-the-classroom opportunities such as mentoring high school students.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Shoot for the moon - why not?

Kelsey Ade

Name: Kelsey Ade

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Sacramento, CA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Santa Clara University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Biology

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I found out about CWRU's PA program by searching for PA programs online.

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose CWRU's PA program because their commitment to diversity, inclusion, and community outreach directly aligned with my own values.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I am most looking forward to preclinical clerkships and clinical rotations.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Search for programs that match your values and goals.


 

Theresa Pham

Name: Theresa Pham

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Yorktown, Virginia, USA

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: Virginia Commonwealth University

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Biology

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I found out about CWRU though CASPA!

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose to attend CWRU because their mission, vision, core values were all in line with my aspirations as a future PA.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I am excited for the challenge of learning about the human body, what can go wrong with it, and how to treat it.

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: Get connected to faculty members and students from the program and don't be afraid to ask questions. Make sure the program is a place where you will feel at home and supported.


 

Sola Salawu

Name: Sola Salawu

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

Where would you say you are from?: Chicago, IL, United States

Where did you receive your Bachelor's degree?: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

What was your Bachelor's degree major(s)?: BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry

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

How did you hear about CWRU's PA program?: I heard about CWRU's PA program through a friend.

Why did you choose the PA program?: I chose this program because I loved how their mission statement aligned with who I am. The focus on community service was also a huge factor, and I loved the fact that we have the opportunity to make an impact even as first year students. I was intrigued by the experiential learning opportunities, pre-clinical clerkships, and the opportunity to rotate in top-tier healthcare systems.

What are you looking forward to the most in the PA program?: I am looking forward to pre-clinical clerkships, understanding more about medicine, and learning how to provide quality medical care. I am also looking forward to building amazing relationships with my classmates and future colleagues!

What advice would you give future PA students as they begin to search for programs?: My key advice is to make sure you choose programs that will support you throughout this journey. PA school is extremely rigorous and I believe that being in an environment where everyone wants to see you succeed is highly essential to reaching your goals. Make sure you look at the mission statement of the schools you are applying to and ensure that you choose programs that align with your goals and passion. Also, make sure you show your authentic self throughout this journey, and the right program(s) will appreciate and want YOU for the amazing person that you are!