Alumni Profile: Matt Myers University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Matthew (Matt) Myers (BS '15)



Medical Student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

SHRS Program Attended:

Undergraduate Emergency Medicine Program

Q: What initially got you interested in the Emergency Medicine (EM) Program?

Matt: I was a volunteer firefighter and I was an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) prior to coming to Pitt and I always wanted to study emergency medicine.

Q: How did you decide to go to medical school?

Matt: It was always the plan. I wanted to go to medical school at some point. At Pitt I was able to get all of my pre-med classes done in my first two years, and then I could transition over to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS), do the Emergency Medicine Program, and finish on time. It was great -- the EM Program gave me a lot of clinical exposure. Now in med school I feel like I already know a lot from the program.

Q: What's the most challenging thing you've done so far?

Matt: I'd say the most challenging thing about being in med school is probably just the volume of material you have to go over and study. But that’s kind of how the EM Program was, too. Between classes and clinic you had to really get your time management down.

Q: What do you hope to do with your degree once you graduate?

Matt: I actually want to be an emergency medicine physician. When I was in the EM Program I really liked interacting with the EM physicians. They were open to helping with our education and making sure we understood what was going on with our patients. I think it would be really neat to work with a team that involves people outside of the hospital, rather than just inside the hospital.

Q: What kind of impact do you hope that your work has?

Matt: One of my frustrations practicing as a paramedic are some of the protocols that are currently in place for the state of Pennsylvania. I feel like they’re not as aggressive compared to a lot of the protocols that other states have. One of the things I’d like to do is more research to show why this medication is needed or this type of treatment is needed. It’s really beneficial when paramedics can provide patients with effective and safe treatment.

Q: Are there any particular populations that you’re interested in working with?

Matt: My capstone project at Pitt SHRS was starting a community paramedic program back home in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, for the Evangelical Community Hospital. (I had shadowed the Connect program that was at Pitt. It was run by Dr. Dan Swayze -- he’s one of the faculty for the Emergency Medicine Program and works at UPMC.) We would go out and visit lower income patients and patients that were constantly being readmitted to the hospital through the emergency room. We wanted to address their medical needs and also figure out why they were being readmitted so often, see other factors at play, and what resources were in the community that we could use to help these patients. I did that for about a year and a half before I went to medical school. Now the hospital has two full-time people running that program and they see an even wider base of patients. It covers about a six- or seven-county area in central Pennsylvania.

Q: Do you see yourself going back to Lewisburg at some point?

Matt: Yes, I’d like to be back in that area practicing. That’s the goal.

Q: After the EM Program, did you feel well prepared for medical school?

Matt: Yes, it definitely gave me an edge. In medical school we’ll be going over clinical scenarios and some of my classmates say things like,” I don’t know what that is,” and I’m like, “Oh yeah, it’s this.”

Q: You have a tight schedule right now, but do you have any hobbies you’re doing outside of school?

Matt: I shoot bow and arrow, and there’s a range down in Greensburg where a few of us will go down and shoot.

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