Name: Natalie Crump, PA-S
Title: Physician Assistant Student
Location: Denver, CO
School/Program: Rocky Vista University
Currently Wearing: The Elizabeth B. Women's Athletic Fit Lab Coat
Why did you choose your profession?:
Being a PA represented the collaboration, competence, and compassion I desired in my own personal pursuit of providing care for others. Understanding the history of the PA profession and seeing first hand the impact of PAs in extending care to underserved populations drove my decision to become a PA.
Current Passion Project:
As part of the current awakening by our country to the realities of racial injustice and inequalities, I recently voiced my thoughts on the ways in which PA students can help effect change in healthcare disparities. I care deeply about the PA profession and our individual ability as providers to see patients for who they are; deserving of equal treatment and devoid of our personal biases, agendas, and stereotypes. I desire to continue to use my platform to help shine a light and encourage the development of culturally competent and compassionate PAs.
Who was/is your inspiration?
There have been so many amazing woman and healthcare providers that have shaped my understanding of what it means to achieve your dreams and serve others with your whole heart. Yet, my biggest inspiration and #1 supporter has been my husband. He allows me to be me, and supports every idea or whim I may have. He sees me as fearless and I take that energy with me and place it into every aspect of my being.
Fun Fact 1:
I love photography and I speak French.
Fun Fact 2:
I was a trained ballerina who danced on pointe until I was 21. In hindsight I would have double majored in Dance and Biology in undergrad.
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?
My biggest piece of advice is to remember your “why.” The path to medicine will look different for everyone, and your journey to become a PA will certainly test your ability to endure. If you remember why you desired this path and take time to reflect on that when things get tough, you will be anchored and more adept to handle the rigor it will take to master your craft and provide compassionate care with excellence.
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