shelleydunlop-pablogger-photoI’m originally from Northwest Colorado — I grew up snowboarding, hiking, cycling, backpacking, and swimming in every icy mountain lake, stream or river that I could find. I spent time in the Air Force and volunteered abroad before moving to the Pacific NW. I have called Portland home for the last decade and plan to serve patients here or in rural Oregon after graduation.

My interest in the physician assistant profession grew out of my experience working with a PA on a pilot project to improve access to care for urban under-served patients. My time in this clinic opened my eyes to the diversity of opportunities PAs have to reach patients who often go without health care.

So far, the OHSU PA Program has overwhelmed, challenged, but most of all, inspired me. As the PA Class of 2018 marches toward our first patient experiences and the opportunity to practice medicine, we are learning about the science but also delving into the personal growth required to take on the responsibility of being a physician assistant. We’re taking it one step at a time.