Alex Tabone (MS/PA ’17)
Despite the rigors of the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program, Alex Tabone has managed to stay involved in a number of activities that promote
his profession and the College.
Aside from being his class president, he has acted as student/faculty liaison, bringing
student concerns to faculty members; served as a committee member for Student Wellness
Week; attended the PA Challenge Bowl, a national event which tests PA students’ knowledge
of medical questions in a Jeopardy-style game; and served on the board for the Physician
Assistant Olympics, an event where students from PA programs across the city gather
to raise money for the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia. Last year, he and his teammates
raised more than $15,000 for the Center, which provides comprehensive health and wellness
services to the LGBTQ community.
“Being able to balance your time is the key” to being so active, says Mr. Tabone.
“Having great classmates is a help, too. Everyone in our class is so supportive, and
I think we all work well together.”
In fact, he says that sense of community is what drew him to PCOM. “You get the sense
that the faculty really care about their students. After I came for an interview,
that’s what made me want to enroll.” He adds that Sean Guinane, DHSc, assistant professor, PA studies, has “always been there for me along the way.”
Mr. Tabone says he has always loved medicine, but realized he wanted to be a PA after
having the opportunity to shadow a family friend, also a PA, when Mr. Tabone was in
10th grade. Since coming to PCOM, he has done rotations in about every specialty, including
emergency medicine, psychiatry, internal medicine and trauma, at locations all over
the country. But he has a particular interest in critical care, after one experience
during his surgery clerkship.
“I found a patient unresponsive, and immediately called a Code Blue (indicating need
for immediate medical attention),” he says. “I started doing chest compressions, and
helped get him transferred to the intensive care unit. When that happened, I felt
like I had played an integral part in saving his life. That’s when I knew I wanted
to go into critical care.”