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b2ap3_thumbnail_Brett-Gage.jpgBrett Gage, 2011

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.”

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Kelly-Brady.jpgKelly Brady, 2011 Forensic Science 

Forensic technician at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office in Philadelphia, Pa.

Working a full-time job while earning a master’s degree may be difficult for some, but for Kelly Brady, juggling both came easily.

A 2011 graduate of Waynesburg University, the former forensic science major currently works as a forensic technician at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office, where she performs autopsies, extracts fluids and organs from decedents for toxicology, takes photographs of decedents and releases them to funeral homes. Just recently, she earned her master’s degree in forensic medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Reflecting on her time at Waynesburg University, the former vice president of Waynesburg’s Gamma Sigma Epsilon, a chemistry honorary society, chapter credits her alma mater for preparing her for life after college.

“Waynesburg University gave me countless opportunities to network with people in my field and to gain as much knowledge as possible,” said Brady. “I feel that all of the coursework and extracurricular activities at Waynesburg were beneficial and prepared me for the workforce because I was able to see what my field was really like.” 

 

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Michael Campbell, 2014 Nursing 

Registered Nurse, St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. – Intermediate Care Unit

Michael Campbell spends his 12-hour work shifts constantly moving and staying active. Working in the intermediate care unit at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh Pa., Campbell is very busy dealing with multiple patients with varying degrees of illnesses. 

As a registered nurse, he records patient medical histories and symptoms, provides patient care and interprets cardiac rhythms. 

Securing a job just one month after graduation, Campbell earned his bachelor of science in nursing at Waynesburg University in May at 31 years old. 

Although wearing the many hats of student, husband and father seemed challending at times, Campbell said Waynesburg’s Nursing Program prepared him to enter the workforce with confidence. He adds that the Program provided him with the foundation he needed to become a nurse. 

“Waynesburg gave me the challenge I was looking for while providing me the skills and knowledge I needed to start a career as a nurse,” said Campbell. “I was able to have clinical at multiple hospitals, which allowed me to decide what hospital was the right fit for me once I graduated.”

 

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Wharrey.jpgShawn Wharrey, 2013 Biology (Pre-Vet) 

Student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

When Shawn Wharrey stepped onto Waynesburg University’s campus during his senior year of high school, he knew Waynesburg was the right fit. With small class sizes and a beautiful campus as its backdrop, he could see himself earning a degree at Waynesburg. 

Five years later, the Waynesburg University alumnus finds himself beginning his second year of veterinary school at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. At veterinary school, Wharrey has sparked an interest in one day helping small animals and exotic animals such as birds, reptiles and rabbits. In addition, he is interested in working in the field of aquatic medicine and aquaculture. 

Although the transition from a university of 1,400 students to a university of more than 60,000 students seemed a bit overwhelming for Wharrey, the former Student Senate President and active biology club member adjusted quite nicely. He is currently one of two delegates for the Ohio State University’s Student American Veterinary Medical Association Chapter, where he attends delegate meetings to discuss current issues and concerns of university students. 

“Waynesburg offered me the opportunity to truly get a great education as well as grow in my faith and service,” said the former biology/pre-med major. “Being involved in many different organizations, I learned a lot about leadership and being a voice for others. Waynesburg helped me realize how important it is to serve others and to stand up for things you believe in.” 

 

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Smithyman.jpgCarly Smithyman, 2013 Accounting 

Intermediate Financial Analyst at UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Less than 18 months after graduating from Waynesburg University in 2013, Carly Smithyman’s life has flipped 180 degrees. Smithyman went from being a student and captain of two athletic teams on campus to a newlywed and full-time employee at one of the most prestigious medical centers in the country. Although the change was drastic, she has loved every minute of it. 

Smithyman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with minors in finance and management, is an intermediate financial analyst in a financial management rotational program at UPMC in Pittsburgh Pa. In the office, she writes a quarterly report to reflect UPMC’s fiscal year. Smithyman’s main task is to ensure that all UPMC physicians stay on track with their supply costs so they continue to meet targets and excel in their line of business. 

“This job is a great opportunity for me because it is an accelerated program that allows me to assume a management role in two years when it would typically take five,” said Smithyman.

She believes the business classes she completed at Waynesburg as well as the extra-curricular activities she was involved in helped pave the way to a successful first year as a graduate. Overall, her time at Waynesburg was a “very fortunate experience.”

“Having the opportunity to get involved in many activities along my journey at Waynesburg enabled me to solidify my current job in October of my senior year,” said Smithyman. “It was a great feeling to know that all of my hard work and determination paid off.”

 

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