Calling All Alumni
Wake PA is building an extensive national alumni network, and we want YOU to get involved! You will have the opportunity to help shape our alumni community’s mission and goals by joining now. Alumni from any year are invited to participate; we want representation from each of our graduated classes.
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Get connected, Stay connected!
Top 5 reasons to become part of our alumni network
- Increase networking opportunities across the nation
- Get informed – stay up-to-date with current PA news and happenings
- Be involved in your local and regional Wake PA communities through service activities
- Broaden your knowledge and skills through workshops, webinars, and other events
- Show support and school pride by getting involved and giving back!
Emily and Brett Anderson ('13 and '15) welcomed their daughter Eden Bea Anderson on May 30, 2020. She joins proud big sisters Nellie and Naomi.
Cameron Young Sweeney ('16) is the new chair of the membership and marketing committee for NCAPA after previously serving as a committee member in 2018 and 2019. She continues to write essays for "The Art of Medicine" column in JAAPA which she has done since graduating. Sweeney works as a hematology/oncology PA at Novant Health Oncology Specialists in Winston-Salem, NC, where she specializes in breast cancer.
Ashlyn Hedgecock ('17) welcomed her first child, Wyatt Hedgecock, on July 23, 2020.
Grace Auton PA-C, MMS, MA, ('18) reports in on life as an early-career PA in a pandemic:
"I began my career as an emergency department PA at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center here in Winston-Salem. It has been such an honor and incredible learning experience working at a Level 1 trauma center where I see such a diverse patient population. In preparation for the pandemic, myself and my APP team were the primary providers that staffed the disaster relief tent located just outside of the ER where we saw all respiratory/potential infectious (essential COVID-19 rule out) cases anywhere from age 2 and up. Never did I think I would show up to work in a hazmat suit, having to enter/exit through a decon room daily, but I was excited to serve my community on the frontlines with such an outstanding team of PAs.
"We are all continuing to adjust to a new normal as we navigate telehealth visits built into our already busy/chaotic shifts, adapting to new schedules ... while also serving some of the sickest patients we have ever seen but I have never been prouder to work with the team that I do (many of them Wake PA alum) during such unprecedented times. ... Above all, the pandemic has shown me how truly versatile and adaptable the PA profession is and I am very proud to be a part of it."
Alex Schumacher ('18) is currently practicing emergency medicine at OhioHealth Hospitals in Columbus, Ohio. He married his wife, Jess Fusco, on July 13, 2019. Jess works as a family medicine nurse practitioner for The Ohio State University.
Since graduation, Sarah Biedermann ('19) got engaged, moved to NYC and started her dream job in dermatology.