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The Next Level of Medicine

UVU’s paramedic program is leading students through an unconventional path toward medical school

When Utah Valley University alumna Summer Grace goes to work as an emergency medicine physician, she says she’s ready for anything to roll in.

“When I go to work, I don’t know what I’m going to see that day; it’s a mystery,” Grace says. “It keeps me on the edge of my seat and requires that I stay current on my medical knowledge.”

From the time she was 14 years old, Grace knew she wanted to be a physician. After attending UVU’s Firefighter Recruit Candidate Academy, she enrolled in the first paramedic class UVU offered in 2000. Grace was the first and only woman in the class.

“I have a lot of pride in the fact that I was in the very first class,” she says.

Grace says after working as a paramedic for several years, her experience with different illnesses and emergency scenarios made her interested in becoming an emergency medicine physician.

“Being a paramedic was great because it gave me a foundation in medicine,” Grace says. “It really helped in medical school because of my background.”

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