Name: Courtney Titus, PA-C
Title: Physician Assistant
Location: Myakka City, FL
School/Program: University of Florida
Currently Wearing: The Rebecca Slim Fit Lab Coat
Why did you choose your profession?:
When I was working as a paramedic, I realized I'd reached a ceiling when it came to patient care, and that there was so much more to learn about medicine. I chose PA because of the flexibility, return on financial investment and how it fit into my journey. I initially chose emergency medicine because I really loved the autonomy, variety of procedures, and the pace of the ER. When I changed jobs, it became clear that Pediatric Emergency Medicine was what I was meant to do. Helping sick children is truly my calling in life and I'm so thankful to have found such an incredible specialty to work in.
Current Passion Project:
Nothing formal, but I am incredibly passionate about advocacy for the PA profession and reducing burnout in medical professionals.
Who was/is your inspiration?
During PA school, one of my amazing professors, Shalon Buchs, who is an incredible PA educator, was so supportive during that stressful time. As the years have passed, she has been a wonderful resource, remains humble and honest, and someone I truly look up to. There are other amazing PAs who are mentors to me: John Bielinski, Dave Mittman, Jennifer Orozco, Kasey D'Amato, Beth Smolko, Jacob and Sharjeel with myPAbox, and the entire 2019 FAPA Leadership team have all be incredibly gracious and supportive of the efforts of EmpoweredPAs, and I'm so grateful and thankful. All the awesome PAs I've interviewed have been so helpful and generous and there are also many PAs on social media that have been equally supportive.
Fun Fact 1:
I work and live in the same area that I was born and raised in... which can sometimes be super awkward (or awesome) when realizing that my patient or their family member is someone I went to school with.
Fun Fact 2:
I am a bit of a coffee snob and love finding unique dark roast blends. I even bring a travel french press with me so that I can always guarantee a good cup of coffee.
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?
Take the time to learn about the PA profession. Shadow in as many different areas as you can, and ask a ton of questions. Know what you want out of your career, what your priorities are and make sure they fit with the role of what a PA does.
For more information, be sure to contact her here:
@empoweredpas, her YouTube Channel or visit her site EmpoweredPAs - an online resource for physician assistants to engage, advocate, learn and grow in all phases of their career