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April Alumni Spotlight Tracy Huddleston PA-C

Tracy Huddleston

Tracy Huddleston, PA-C, Primary Health Medical Group, Western University of Health Sciences PA Program Graduate, Boise State University Alumni

Tracy describes herself as outgoing, ambitious, confident

Tracey Huddleston PA-C is a 2020 graduate of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, and a 2018 graduate of Boise State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Pre-Allied Health Emphasis. She was a proud member of Boise State University’s Blue Thunder Marching Band and was a recipient of both the GEM and the Blue Thunder Marching Band scholarships. While at Boise State, Tracey was involved in many leadership roles and student activities; she was the Kinesiology peer advisor for three years and served as a Bronco Ambassador, Orientation Leader, and Bronco Tour Leader. Tracey served as a volunteer at the Idaho State University Cadaver Lab and was an emergency department volunteer, which helped her to become a medical scribe for St. Luke’s Regional Medical Hospital in Boise, ID. Those experiences led her to her current interest in urgent care, and she is currently employed by Primary Health as an urgent care provider in Boise, Idaho. She has a passion for working with and advocating for the underserved. Tracey enjoys soccer and hiking with her dog Beau and is a self-described foodie, enjoying exploring the many restaurants in the Treasure Valley with her friends and family.

What is it like being a PA student during a pandemic?

As a student it was interesting since I got pulled from rotations in March 2020 and was doing “online rotations” for 6 weeks, I didn’t think that was possible. As a medical professional, I have not experienced a “Non-COVID” clinic so I do not have anything to compare it to.

What do you think was the most important experience you had at Boise State?

The most important experience I had at Boise State was realizing I did not want to do physical therapy and chose physician assistant.

What resources did you use at Boise State to prepare you for your career as a PA?

Tina Freeman with Kinesiology Advising and my professors I had in the Kinesiology Department.

Do you think Boise State prepared you for your professional school/career?

Absolutely. I would say the lessons I learned in my extracurricular activities prepared me more than in my academic courses.

What would you tell yourself now knowing what you know now about applying to your PA school?

It may sound harsh, but there is always someone out there who is better than you. So focus on being your best self and trying your hardest to inspire others around you, because if you work hard you will find yourself surrounded by others who push you to succeed.

What do you wish you would have known before becoming a PA student?

I wish I would have known more pharmacology before going into PA school.

Would you like to learn more from Tracy, please email Erin Colburn for her contact information.