Physician assistant (PA-C) internist at Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown, W. Va.
After spending five weeks at Monongalia General Hospital doing surgery rotations, Brett Gage worked up the courage to ask the physician if the hospital was hiring physician assistants. Gage received the answer he was hoping to hear.
Gage, a 2011 Waynesburg University graduate with a degree in forensic science, soon transitioned from observing and assisting in surgery rotations to becoming a physician assistant (PA-C) internist at Monongalia General. As an internist, Gage examines patients, diagnoses injuries and provides treatment for illnesses and infections.
“There is just something so magical about being able to help someone by removing a sick gallbladder or a piece of colon that is stricken by cancer,” said Gage. “Surgery is not just about cutting someone open and fixing them. You have to be able to manage them postoperatively through the use of medicine. That is why I have chosen to be in this field.”
Gage, who recently graduated with a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from Marietta College, credits Waynesburg University for preparing him for graduate school as well as the real-life experiences he encounters in the hospital.
“I believe a combination of both my classes and professors that I encountered during my time at Waynesburg contributed to my success in graduate school and the work force,” said Gage. “I have to give credit to my professors for encouraging and helping me realize my potential to succeed and figure out how to learn on my own through research and reading.”