Alumni Profile: Stacey Rothwell | Class of 2003
- Current City:
Mt. Pleasant, SC
- 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.
- 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.
- Best Part of Your Job:
My autonomy as well as being the constant for continuity of care for our patients between teams of residents.
- 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.
- 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.
- Favorite MUSC Faculty Member:
Arnie Metz. He was always so kind and helpful, especially during the time between my first and second PA positions.
- 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!
- 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!