Hayden Roy Physician Assistant Student Presbyterian CollegeHayden Roy

PA Student
Class of 2022

Louisiana State University ’19
Major: Biology


What activities and organizations were you involved in as an undergraduate?

I was a member of the Pre-Physician Assistant Club.

During undergrad, I worked as an emergency room scribe at the Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge. I would work the night shift with various providers, such as MDs, NPs, and PAs. My main role was to document the visit (HPI, ROS, PEx) in order to maximize the provider’s time with the patient.

For two summers (2016 and 2018), I had the opportunity to shadow a PA at South Texas Dermatology in Corpus Christi and Tru-Skin Dermatology in San Antonio.

I also began working part-time at Orion Healthcare. I worked as a specimen collector in various rehabilitation and pain management clinics in Baton Rouge.

What did you do after you graduated?

After graduation (Dec. 2019), I was able to switch from part time to full time with my job at Orion Healthcare. Unfortunately, this was only my position for a few months, as non-essential clinics were closed in Baton Rouge due to Covid-19.

If you’ve done any volunteer work, please list what you’ve done and where.

During the summer of 2017, I volunteered at University Medical Center in New Orleans. Here, I split my time volunteering in both the emergency department and the dermatology clinic.

How or why did you become involved in this volunteer work?

I picked volunteering at UMC, opposed to other hospitals in the city, because it is the only level-1 trauma center in the area. Also, due to the location, I knew I would be interacting with different demographics, which I thought was important to my education and future career.

What are some of your hobbies or interests?

I enjoy being outdoors, whether I’m going for a run or walking my golden retriever. I also love baking, which is my favorite way to de-stress!

Why do you want to be a PA?

After my shadowing and work experience with different providers, I gravitated toward the PA profession due to the patient interaction. As a PA, I believe that I will be able to provide healthcare to individuals who may otherwise struggle to receive care. Along with this, the profession provides the perfect balance of collaboration and autonomy while still benefiting from the flexibility to have a family or a life outside of work.

Why did you choose the Presbyterian College PA Program?

After attending such a large university as LSU, I knew attending a smaller school would be beneficial to my education. It was also apparent that the faculty truly wants the best for their students.