When Kim Galusha applied to Sage, she knew she wanted a career in medicine, but she wasn’t sure if medical school or a physician assistant graduate program would be the best fit for her. She may have been undecided about her career path, but Sage stood out to her as a solid choice for her education.
“At a lot of schools, you are either pre-med or pre-PA, you have to make that decision really young,” said Kim. “The Applied Biology program at Sage allowed me to have a little longer to decide what route I wanted to take.”
“My advisors were a lot of help,” continued Kim, of the support and professional preparation she found at Sage. “They have time for you. You have that one-on-one time with your advisors and professors.”
She listed opportunities that Sage professors helped connect her with, including job-shadowing placements at local hospitals and a part-time position at a pharmacy. She is also conducting honors research with Assistant Professor of Biology & Health Sciences Kelli Tamvada, Ph.D., to compare the effect of blunt force on human femurs versus Neanderthal femurs. “We can see how our bodies have evolved to deal with stresses,” said Kim. “Learning about the human body and what impacts it, that has an impact on what I want to do.”
All of these experiences helped Kim decide in favor of a physician assistant graduate program. She has been accepted to three, and is deciding among them now.
Kim has had classes on both the Albany and Troy campuses. Her research project is based in Troy, and she is head student ambassador in the Office of Admission in Albany. “I love having the cross-campus experience,” she said. “It lets you see the whole story of Sage, because Sage is different from other schools. Two campuses means there are more opportunities and more student life.”