Victoria has a background in traumatic brain injury research, something she is very passionate about. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and hiking the mountain ranges around Phoenix. Victoria is actively involved in her church and is currently writing a book.
Education and Awards
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
• M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies, May 2011 – August 2013
• Graduation Date: August 17, 2013
Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
• Non-degree student, Summer 2010
• Coursework includes: science pre-requisites for physician assistant program
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
• B.S. in Psychology, awarded May 2010
• Honors program, Fall 2006 – Spring 2010
• Presidential Scholarship Recipient, Fall 2006 – Spring 2009
Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program, Richmond, KY
• Selected for a summer residential program for outstanding high school students funded by the Kentucky State Legislature and the Office of the Governor – Summer 2005
Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants- License #5611
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants- ID#1113162, expires 12/31/2015
American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Training, expires 02/07/2016
American Heart Association ACLS for Healthcare Providers Training, expires 06/11/2016
American Heart Association PALS Provider, expires 11/02/2016
Physician Assistant Student Clinical Rotations, September 2012 – July 2013
Women’s Health, Caring for the Woman in In You OB: James T. Martin, MD, North Charleston, SC
• Women’s health at a single physician-led private practice, with rounding and deliveries at Trident Medical Center
Family Medicine, Pee Dee Healthcare PA, Darlington, SC
• Family medicine at a large outpatient private practice
General Surgery, McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence, SC
• General Surgery at McLeod Regional Medical Center (inpatient) and Pee Dee Surgical Group (outpatient)
Psychiatry, McLeod Behavioral Health, Darlington, SC
• Acute Inpatient Psychiatry at a locally owned, not-for-profit facility
Emergency Medicine, Roper St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, SC
• Emergency Medicine at Roper St. Francis Main Hospital and Northwoods Diagnostic Center and ER
General Medicine, Clarendon Memorial Hospital, Manning, SC
• General Inpatient Medicine at a government-hospital district
Family Medicine, McLeod Family Medicine, Timmonsville, SC
• Family Medicine at a small outpatient, locally owned, not-for-profit facility
Pediatrics, McLeod Pediatric Associates, Florence, SC
• Pediatrics at an outpatient facility, with rounding at McLeod Regional Medical Center (inpatient)
Neurosurgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
• Neurosurgery specialty practice at a large, state-funded teaching hospital
Healthcare-Related Professional Experience
Wichita Falls Cardiac Care, Venkat Thota MD, Wichita Falls, TX
Technician, November 2010 – May 2011
• Performed a variety of patient care duties in a private outpatient cardiology clinic in rural Wichita Falls, Texas. I also traveled with a team of health care providers several times a week to other small clinics within 60 miles of the Wichita Falls city border to provide care.
• Recorded medical histories, vital signs, patients’ symptoms, current medications, and overall conditions.
• Performed a variety of clinical procedures including: 12-lead EKG acquisition, Ankle Brachial Index tests, Holter Monitor placement, assisted in Cardiac Exercise Stress Test facilitation.
• Performed routine clerical duties, such as processing physician orders, completed diagnostic routines, and maintaining inventory.
The Refuge Medical Clinic, Jessamine County, KY
Volunteer, August 2009 – August 2010
• Performed patient care duties in a non-profit rural health clinic that serves over 2,800 uninsured and under-served residents of Fayette and Jessamine counties.
• Recorded medical histories, vital signs, patients’ symptoms, current medications, and overall conditions. I also educated and provided patients with healthcare supplies, and assisted with clinic set-up and cleanup.
• Performed a variety of clinical procedures including specimen collection, venipuncture for blood collection, and 12-lead EKG acquisition.
UK Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, Lexington, KY
Student Researcher, August 2009-May 2010
Lab Technician, May 2010 – September 2010
• Independent research project: Thesis on Neurobiological Mechanisms Underlying Alcoholism and Treatment. Immunohistochemistry of neuronal proteins, fluorescent neuronal tissue microscopy, surgical hippocampal removal in rat brains, sterilized surgical equipment, maintenance of cell culture, behavioral evaluation of alcohol behavior in rodents, analytical measurement of Blood Ethanol Concentrations, statistical analyses of BEC data.
Affiliations and Memberships
South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants
Member, May 2011-Present
• Volunteered at state CME conference silent auction, whose proceeds benefitted the Class of 2013 PA program.
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Member, May 2011-Present
• Attended Capital Connections Conference March 2012 in Washington, D.C.. Met with South Carolina senators and representatives to lobby for National PA advocacy issues.
• Attended IMPACT 2013, a national PA conference May 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Medical Mission Trips
Southeast Christian Church Medical Missions, September 2010, Mashoko, Zimbabwe
Seacoast Church Global Missions, August 2012, Leon, Nicaragua
Oral Health Smiles for Life, Charleston, SC
Participant, Spring 2012
• Completed a comprehensive online oral health curriculum developed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Group on Oral Health.
• Increased knowledge and skills for rural practice while promoting the PA profession, by performing oral examinations and fluoride applications on elementary school children.
TNT (Towards No Tobacco) Project, Hanahan, SC
Classroom educator, November 2011
• A classroom-based curriculum designed to decrease tobacco use in 5th grade youth at Hanahan Middle School.
• Presented a 40-minute lesson promoting social activism, then conducted a student letter-writing campaign against smoking.
Rural Inter-Professional Service Experience, Newberry, SC
Participant, August 2012
• As part of a didactic-to-clinical year transition, lived with other students in a rural setting that promoted understanding of health care systems. Observed more than 15 departments of medical, administrative, and support services at Newberry Memorial Hospital, a government-local acute care hospital.
• Wrote (9) narratives and created a presentation for other healthcare students explaining the inter-professional relations between hospital departments, hospital administration, and the surrounding healthcare community.
Tridelta Sorority Member, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Member, August 2006 – August 2008
• Participated in weekly meetings and fulfilled all membership requirements and duties.
• Participated in all Tridelta Philanthropy events and fundraisers for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital including campus wide breakfasts, Greek life baseball competitions, and letter writing to sponsors and donors. Also participated in Greek Sing, a dance competition that is advertised throughout Lexington and raised over $70,000 dollars each year for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.