Tom is member of the 2018 Physician Assistant class at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and will be running to support the PA Program at the Institute. Originally from Norton, MA, Tom joined the Marines after graduating high school in 2005. He did two combat deployments; one to Africa in 2006 and then to Iraq in 2008. Tom began running while in the military. He completed the Marine Corps marathon in 2011 and has done multiple half marathons since. After leaving the Marines in 2009, Tom began an undergraduate degree in sports medicine/athletic training. During the Boston Marathon in 2013, Tom was volunteering at the finish line helping injured runners move to the medical tent after the bombings. He was able to implement his medical training from the military trauma courses and help tourniquet some patients while taking them to the triage tent. This was the first time he had met a Physician Assistant working in an acute care setting. For him, it was one of those validating experiences where he knew that was exactly what he wanted to become. The following day Tom transitioned from a physical therapy pipeline to pursuing a degree as a Physician Assistant. After graduating from the Institute, Tom works as an orthopedic surgery PA at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in the sports medicine division.