Meet GHSU’s New Faculty Member

Written by Stevie Redmond, MPA, PA-C

In November 2011, I became the newest faculty member in the Physician Assistant Department at Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU). Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that someday I would be teaching Physician Assistant students at a Masters level! I always knew I wanted to work in the healthcare field, but it wasn’t until I was a young college student that I made my decision to become a PA. I worked hard to earn good grades and graduated from Mercer University in 2008 with a degree in Industrial Management. Some may question this degree, but I knew my strengths were in Math and Science so I decided this was the perfect fit for me.

Two days after graduating from college, I began my journey in the Physician Assistant Program at GHSU (formerly the Medical College of Georgia) as a PA student. Over the course of the next 27 months, I was challenged academically in many ways. Like many of my fellow students, I had subjects in which I excelled and struggled. No matter the difficulty, I always respected the faculty for challenging me because I knew this would ultimately make me the best PA possible. From a student’s perspective, I remember how much it meant to me to receive the PA faculty’s support and encouragement. These are traits I hope to emulate during my time as an assistant professor with my own students.

When I was a PA student, I quickly learned that I loved anything that had to do with surgery. I completed rotations in three different surgical specialties and loved them each in turn. After graduating from PA school and passing the PANCE in 2010, I started my first job in Vascular Surgery. I absolutely loved the procedures involved with this specialty and the time I got to spend with my patients. I am so grateful to the physicians who took so much time to help me improve my surgical techniques and for giving me the opportunity to work with them.

I am excited about this new chapter in my life and I am looking forward to teaching surgery and emergency medicine to our students. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first three months of teaching and am so thankful to my colleagues who have helped me during this transition. I hope to be able to encourage and inspire at least one student’s life as the PA faculty encouraged and inspired me when I was a student. I feel so honored to be working for such a well-known and prestigious university in my hometown of Augusta, Georgia.

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