ReConnect Gap-Year Fellows -- Where Are They Now?
Updated: Feb 5
ReConnect Scribe Alumni - Where Are They Now? Since 2016, 15 aspiring medical professionals have been accepted to work as medical scribes in Roseburg while pursuing acceptance into medical school. Currently, six of these ReConnect scribes are working at the Umpqua Community Health Center (now known as AVIVA) full-time, while actively applying and interviewing at medical schools across the nation. The other nine scribes have moved on from our program to continue their pursuit of working as medical practitioners. What are these Reconnect Scribe alumni up to these days?
Scribe alumni Michael Graham graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in August of this year.
Former scribe, Michael Graham, will be the first ReConnect alumni to enter the healthcare workforce as a medical professional. Michael was selected as a recipient of the Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative (SHOI) scholarship and completed the Physician Assistant program at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in August of this year. In exchange for a full-tuition award, recipients of the SHOI scholarship commit to practicing as a healthcare practitioner in a rural or underserved community in Oregon upon graduation from their advanced medical program. Michael has a strong desire to practice healthcare in his hometown of Roseburg, which qualifies as an underserved medical population for his SHOI commitment. Michael has accepted a position as a Physician Assistant at Evergreen Family Medicine. He will join the staff at Evergreen and begin practicing with them in November. Congratulations, Michael, on starting your career as a Physician Assistant!
Michael was joined by his wife, Jade, children Jackson and Lincoln, parents George and LeAnn Graham, and siblings, Mitchell, Joel and Georgie, to celebrate his greaduate from OSHU.
Four of our ReConnect Scribe Alumni have joined the medical school program at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon. Alumni, Lucas Short and Audrey Taylor, both joined COMP-NW in the fall of 2018 and will journey through medical school as classmates in the same program. Lucas and Audrey will graduate from medical school in the spring of 2022.
Lucas Short (fourth from left), a Roseburg High School graduate, has been active in AHECSW programs over the last decade. In addition to participating in AHEC programs as a student, Lucas has served AHECSW as a mentor to high school students in the Bright Works after-school program, and was selected to participate in our first cohort of ReConnect Scribes.
Audrey Taylor (in left photo, third from right) will follow in the career footsteps of her father, Dr. Chip Taylor, MD. Dr. Taylor is currently a family practitioner at the Umpqua Community Health Center in Roseburg, Oregon.
Dr. Taylor can be seen proudly hugging his daughter Audrey at her White Coat ceremony for COMP-NW in August of 2018 (in right photo, pictured in middle).
COMP-NW gained two more ReConnect alumni in their newest class of medical students. Scribes Jaide Farr and Emily Swanson joined the COMP-NW Osteopathic program as classmates in August of this year. Jaide Farr grew up in Springfield and received her undergraduate degree from Willamette University. Emily Swanson grew up in Roseburg and attended Oregon State University for her undergraduate degree. In addition to being a ReConnect participant, Emily has also been active in AHECSW programs over several years as a student, volunteer, and college intern. Jaide and Emily will graduate medical school in the spring of 2023.
ReConnect alumni Emily Swanson (farthest on left) and Jaide Farr (second from left) participated in the White Coat Ceremony for the Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-NW (COMP-NW) on August 2, 2019.
Scribe alumni, Elise Ewens, is in her second year of medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado. Elise is also a Roseburg native and attended undergraduate school at Oregon State University. Upon graduating from OSU, Elise spent one year working as a ReConnect scribe in our program before being accepted into medical school.
Elise Ewens upon completion of her White Coat Ceremony at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
A Portland native and University of Oregon graduate, former ReConnect is in her first year of medical school at OHSU. Rachel pursued the ReConnect Scribe program in Roseburg after undergraduate school to experience firsthand living and working in a rural area. Rachel was very grateful for her time spent as a ReConnect scribe working in a rural area: “I have had a great time working here. I have learned an immense amount and made some wonderful friendships along the way. Collaborating with AHEC and the other scribes to make improvements on the ReConnect Scribe program has been a lot of fun, and I am so excited to see how the program develops in the next few years.”
Rachel David is in her first year of medical school at OHSU. We at AHECSW are very proud to follow the paths of our alumni who have moved on from the ReConnect scribe program. Congratulations to the seven former scribes who have been accepted into advanced medical plans and are pursuing careers as medical practitioners. The other nine ReConnects are actively building their resumes for medical school applications through work experience, internships, and advanced coursework beyond their undergraduate degrees. These ReConnects are actively applying to medical school, and several of them will be interviewing over the coming months at medical schools across the United States. Over the following year, our current ReConnect scribes will be authoring blogs about their experiences in our program. Stay tuned for these blog features to come!