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.