Kristen Rafferty

Kristen in front of the fountains

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Hometown: Byram, New Jersey

Degree(s) Earned/ Colleges Attended: Bachelor of Science/ Ithaca College

In my own personal experiences, I have always found that Physician Assistants take more time asking me questions and trying to understand the whole patient, rather than just my specific illness or injury.  In addition, I like the team focused approach practiced by a Physician Assistant through their interactions and collaboration with other healthcare practitioners to provide care for the patient's physical as well as mental well-being. With the addition of the Physician Assistant program and as a recent graduate of Ithaca College, having the opportunity to continue my studies here was a natural and welcoming transition.  My previous professors and faculty advisors were focused on student success, therefore, knowing many of them would be a part of the Physician Assistant program assured me that I would be well-prepared for my future career. I am looking forward to and honored to be a part of the first Physician Assistant class at Ithaca College, where we can give back to our IC community.  As a future Physician Assistant, I hope to be able to work in the mental health specialty to help end the stigma and allow people who are suffering from mental illness to seek assistance. Additionally, the ability to work with patients of all ages, while having the ability to focus on primary care or specialize in one or more areas during a career, demonstrates how a physician assistant is a versatile healthcare professional, playing a vital role in our current and future healthcare system.