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Alumni Profile: Stacey Rothwell | Class of 2003

  1. Hometown:
    Buffalo, NY
  2. Current City:
    Mt. Pleasant, SC
  3. Brief Biography:
    I grew up in Buffalo, NY until 1997 when my parents got tired of the snow and moved us to Lexington, SC. I finished high school at Lexington High School and was a state champion softball pitcher.  After graduation, I moved to Charleston, SC to attend the College of Charleston. I was able to speak with a PA who told me all about the profession and I knew immediately that was what I wanted to do!  Subsequently, I geared my education to get my prerequisites in for PA school while attending summer school at the University of South Carolina for the additional classes.  After just two and a half years of undergraduate school, I was fortunate enough to get into PA program at MUSC’s College of Health Professions.  I became engaged while in school and was married the spring before graduation.  After graduation I searched for just the right job that would give me a feeling of fulfillment.  During that time, I volunteered with Marsha Delavan in Hollywood at her clinic for the indigent.  It was a dual purpose for me; I was able to keep my PA skills up while really making a difference in people's lives.  Following that I worked for a private pulmonologist for approximately three and a half years, during which I had my first son, Bryce, in 2006.  In early 2008, I was provided the opportunity to work in orthopedic trauma surgery at MUSC and decided to switch as I love trauma and the ER.  Since then, I have become the head PA for the group, coordinating patient education materials and running the resident clinic, among numerous other duties. I had my second son, Rowan in 2011.  I absolutely love my job, and have been here for the last 5 years.
  4. Current Employer/Position/Responsibilities:
    Medical University of South Carolina Orthopedic Trauma Surgery.  I work closely with the residents as well as our Traumatologist and the other attendings who take trauma call.  We have a rotating team of 2 residents, a PGY-2 and PGY-4 as well as an intern.  I work with inpatients and consults that might come in when they need help covering. I also run an indigent clinic for follow-up of our trauma patients.  For our spine service, I do pre-op workups as well as help with their care in the hospital. 
  5. Best Part of Your Job:
    My autonomy as well as being the constant for continuity of care for our patients between teams of residents.
  6. Unique Talents and/or Hobbies Outside of Work:
    I enjoy golfing, spending time with my family and friends at the pool and beach, and working out.
  7. Greatest Professional Accomplishments:
    I helped a patient who had a bad fungal infection of his total knee replacement from an outside facility get the care and treatment he needed despite the many obstacles he faced from a medical and financial standpoint.  He is now infection free with a new total knee and is scheduled to have a total hip replacement soon.
  8. Favorite MUSC Faculty Member:
    Arnie Metz. He was always so kind and helpful, especially during the time between my first and second PA positions. 
  9. What advice would you offer to current PA students?:
    Do research on where you consider taking your first job.  Take time to interview the people who work there and look for longevity in other employees.  Marsha Delevan, PA-C, gave me great advice: "The first job is the one you need, the second is the one you want, and the third is the one you love." This definitely holds true for me!
  10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?:
    In a job that I love that keeps me challenged and allows me to still spend time with my family! 


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