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Experience To A Greater Degree

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.
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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."