Steven first came to The University of Toledo as a pharmacy student. Originally from
a small town he was hoping to attend college at a small school, but after visiting
UT he was drawn in by the campus. And while Toledo is home for now, Steven's goal
is to return to his hometown after graduation and make an impact with his education.
As an undergraduate studying pharmacy, Steven was involved in campus life. He participated
in Habitat for Humanity builds, played intermural sports and even started a campus
table tennis club with friends. Steven also participated in a mission trip to Jamaica
as an undergraduate which changed his future career plans.
"The trip showed me the great need out there," he remembers. "There was a big need
for pharmacy but also for providers in general."
Getting to interact with patients and conduct physical exams and assessments provided
a greater level of gratification in his work. The experience providing patient care
convinced him to pursue a graduate degree in biomedical sciences, concentrating in
physician assistant studies instead of pharmacy.
The graduate school environment is a different experience, Steven explains.
"You know that everybody you pass is doing something toward a profession they take
seriously. It's a more professional conversation. You hear from nursing students what
they're learning about or medical students what they're learning about and you intertwine
it with what you're learning."
The professional atmosphere carries from the classroom to the clinic where learning
and communicating with other students has become an integral part of his graduate
education in health care. One major area of collaboration is through the University's
Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center, a tri-center educational resource that
incorporates a virtual immersive reality center, an advanced clinical skills center
and a progressive anatomy and surgical skills center.
"Other programs have simulators, but not to the extent that UT does," says Steven.
"The interprofessional aspect is something unique to UT. We not only have nursing,
pharmacy, medicine and PA students on one campus, but the program puts them in simulation
scenarios together to go through communication skills, scenarios and safety precautions
to have them work together on a real-time basis."
As I prepare to finish school and go back home I think I've been really well prepared
to meet any type of scenario.
Masters in Biomedical Science concentrating in Physician Assistant studies, College
of Medicine & Life Sciences '16
In addition to practice scenarios in the simulation center, Steven and his fellow
physician assistant students are gaining significant experience working in the community
care clinic where he manages the women's clinic scheduling the patients and PAs.
"At the UT Community Care Clinic we're able to do hands-on interviewing, present the
patient to the doctor, and the doctor teaches you physical exam in a relaxed learning
atmosphere where you apply what you've learned in the didactic lectures."
Through the clinic, UT health professions students and physicians serve about 3,000
patients each year.
"Combining all of my experiences from Jamaica, getting involved in the Community Care
Clinic, finishing school — it's brought it all together as to why I'm doing this and
why I'm in this profession. It's to help people and I hope I can extend that out to
everywhere I end up." Steven says. "As I prepare to finish school and go back home
I think I've been really well prepared to meet any type of scenario."