Job shadow programs can make a very real and lasting impact on our youth, which, as a result, may impact thousands of lives in the future because of the effect the experience has on the student doing the shadowing.
Erica Hutchins, PA, can speak directly to the importance of such a program and its impact on her life. Having grown up in a family surrounded by women in medicine, she always looked up to them: Her mom being in physical therapy; her aunt an OB/GYN. When she earned the opportunity to shadow her aunt through her practice, watching her take care of patients, Erica was mesmerized by what she saw – experiencing relationships with patients and watching as the two connected even despite varying backgrounds, languages and culture. From the moment she witnessed such care, she fell in love with the patient and caregiver experience.
Building relationships with patients and seeing them through positive and even challenging experiences is why she practices now; it’s the reason for her passion for serving. Her primary goal here at MacArthur Medical Center is to establish trust with her patient so that the women she treats feel as if they can open up about anything related to their lives and health, and work through it together.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, she attended Ohio State University for her undergraduate program, focusing her attention on exercise science and nutrition before relocating to Harrogate Tenn., where she attended Lincoln Memorial University studying at the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, receiving her masters in physician assistant studies. She graduated with from this program in 2016.
She’s since relocated to the Metroplex, joining MacArthur Medical Center.
Living in her new home state has meant the opportunity to explore and meet new people. She loves the diversity of DFW. When not serving patients, she spends time with her husband and their family, as well as with her church community at Church at the Cross in Grapevine. A native Ohioan, she loves watching Buckeye football, playing golf and spending time with friends.