Tamara Gravelle graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology (Laboratory Technologist). After spending twenty years working in labs across the metro Detroit area, including Henry Ford Health System and Sinai-Grace Hospital, she decided to take a leap. While working with patients in the Coumadin lab at Henry Ford’s Trenton Medical Center, Tamara discovered that she loved the daily contact with patients. At age 40, Tamara decided to return to school to futher her career in the medical field.
Tamara applied to just one program – University of Detroit Mercy's Physician Assistant program. As a UDM student, she was actively involved on campus, serving as president of the William Beaumont Society and as a student member of the UDM College of Health Professionals Advisory Board.
Tamara is a proud alumna of UDM and remains closely connected to the university. She serves as a member of the UDM Physician Assistant Advisory Board, mentors students in the 5-year Physician Assistant program, and proctors physical exam testing for the PA program on an intermittent basis. Tamara also recently joined the new UDM Alumni Board, representing the College of Health Professionals, and is on that board's activities group.
Now, Tamara puts her UDM education to good use everyday. She is a Physician Assistant in Transplant Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital and works with patients awaiting kidney, liver, pancreas and intestinal transplants.
I derive motivation from family, and from my graduation speech at UDM, where I urged my fellow PA graduates to "always give back."
My latest accomplishments
I'm proud to have recently joined UDM's Alumni Council.
Next big goal
I am starting a lavender farm with my husband, and hope to investigate lavender's medicinal properties.
Why is choosing your own path important?
We all have to choose the path that will lead to our own idea of happiness & fulfillment, whether it is working 60 hours per week, vacationing, volunteering, or something else unique to you.
Favorite place on campus
The fountain courtyard
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