A message from our 2018 Devlin Scholarship Awardee – Katherine Furland, PA-S

My name is Katherine and I’ve just completed my didactic year at the Yale PA Program! I want to take this opportunity to share my gratitude for receiving this scholarship. Growing up in Vermont, I feel a strong tie to the lands and the people who have shaped myself and my passions.

I joined Essex Rescue as a junior member and began to develop my skills and focus my interest in medicine. Later, I was able to join a ski patrol and combine my passions of medicine and the outdoors. I fell in love with the green mountains and spent every free minute growing up mountain biking around my home or skiing at resorts and in the backcountry of northern Vermont. I found a community in the outdoors that gave me friendships, exercise, and allowed me to clear my mind. The opportunities that Vermont has created could not have been more perfect for cultivating my interest separately and combining them.

My ultimate decision to attend PA school stemmed from not only from my aspiration for a greater connection and continuous involvement, but my desire for more autonomy, more knowledge and more clinical decision-making power. I look forward to a lifetime of integrating my love of the outdoors and medicine and am deeply grateful for what Vermont has provided.