Dalton Gifford …
WIOA assisted Dalton Gifford throughout his Physician Assistant’s program, but it was his determination and diligence that led to his accomplishments. Dalton graduated June 16, 2020 with a 3.895 cumulative GPA and received his NCPAA Credentials on July 8, 2020. He was officially offered the position of Physician Assistant Resident within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences on July 28, 2020. Dalton was particularly excited about this offer as it was the first ever PA residency program in Critical Care to be offered at the University of Kentucky.
Dalton was courteous, dependable and extremely pleasant, always going above and beyond in anything we asked him to do. He is so happy to be where he is at doing what he is doing. Listen to this as Dalton’s shares his excitement with us in his own words.
“Debbie, I want to thank you again for everything and all your help with the scholarship. Because of your work and dedication, I am able to have the career opportunity of my dreams. Currently, I am working at the University of Kentucky in a Physician Assistant Critical Care Residency.
In the first two months of this one-year paid program, I am working in the CVICU with open heart surgery, heart/lung transplant, and heart valve replacement patients. The days start early and finish late as nearly all of my patients have a problem list a page long and more than 25-30 medications at any given time. Following my 2 months in the CVICU, I will complete several months in the medical ICU, Surgical ICU, Neuro ICU, and have a month to do anything I am interested in.
I am so fortunate to have been able to receive the training I needed to care for these patients. Kentucky ranks currently as the 2nd most unhealthy state in the US and the University of Kentucky sees the ‘sickest of the sick.’ With the help I received from the scholarship fund I was able to secure extra training opportunities to help prepare me for this role and complete this fellowship so that I may further my training and understanding of how to care for complex patients.
I am so very grateful and excited about the privilege to care for these people and make a positive impact in their lives. A simple investment in one person can touch the lives of many. Thank you again for this opportunity and all that you have done.”