Rachel C. Litchfield
Northbridge, MA 01534
Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Anticipated January 2021 Current GPA: 3.90
2014 - 2018 Springfield College, Springfield, MA
Bachelor of Sports Biology, 2018
Dean’s List, 2014-2018
Clinical Training Experience
Emergency Medicine UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Leominster, MA Surgery Good Samaritan Medical Center Brockton, MA PCU/Medicine I St. Vincent Hospital Worcester, MA
Internal Medicine St. Elizabeth Medical Center Utica, NY Ob/Gyn Women’s Health Care, Dr. Mitchell J. Bellucci, MD Milford, MA Psychiatry Carney Hospital GPU Dorchester, MA
Pediatrics Town Center Pediatrics Northborough, MA To be Completed by January 15th 2021:
Family Medicine St. Vincent Hospital Worcester, MA Cardiology Elective Hopedale Cardiovascular Associates, LLC Upton, MA
• Acquired proficiency in multiple EMR systems including Epic, Meditech and E-clinical works to formulate comprehensive documentation.
• Formed professional relationships and established effective communication with patients, caregivers and other healthcare professionals to deliver quality patient-centered care. Clinical Experience in Emergency Medicine
Experience in the emergent assessment of the pediatric, adult and geriatric patient in both the emergency department and urgent care setting. Experience in obtaining problem-focused history and physical exams in order to develop appropriate differential diagnoses and workup for the patient. Experience interpreting appropriate diagnostic studies commonly ordered in the emergency setting such as ABG’s, cardiac enzymes, thyroid studies, coagulation studies, CBC, CMP, D-dimer, EKG’s, STI testing, urinalysis, and x-ray and ultrasound interpretation. Experience administrating local anesthetic, suture and staple placement, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, hematoma blocks, auricular blocks, digital blocks, splinting with both fiberglass and plaster, shoulder reduction, removal of ocular foreign body, starting an IV, venipuncture and blood draw, pelvic exams, rectal exams with guaiac testing, testicular exams and incision and drainage. Clinical Experience in Surgery
Experience in surgical consults, preoperative, intraoperative, postoperative and trauma code encounters in the OR, emergency room, PACU, ICU and general medical floor settings. Experience in proper sterile technique including surgical scrubbing and gowning in the OR setting. Experience performing various suture techniques such as vertical mattress, horizontal mattress, running subcuticular, simple buried and simple interrupted suture. Experience removing chest tubes and placing Foley catheters. Exposure to various general surgeries and robotic surgeries including but not limited to umbilical, ventral and inguinal hernia repair, thoracotomy, phlebectomy, hiatal hernia repair with LINX placement, cholecystectomy, lumpectomy, temporal artery biopsy, wound debridement, lysis of adhesions, cystoscopic laser lithotripsy, carotid endarterectomy, colectomy, etc.
Clinical Experience in PCU/Medicine I
Experience in obtaining an appropriate history and physical examination for acute, chronic and emergent conditions in the critical care setting/progressive care unit. Exposure to extremely ill patients complicated with COVID-19, heart failure, toxic metabolic encephalopathy, ESRD on hemodialysis, etc. Experience with patients with PICC lines, AV fistulas for chronic dialysis use and central lines including triple lumen catheters. Experience in interpreting chest x-rays, ABG’s and various lab studies. Exposed to various ventilation systems such as noninvasive ventilation (CPAP and BiPAP) and invasive ventilation (endotracheal intubation and tracheostomy/trach collars). Contributed to rounds by presenting patient cases to attending physicians and other providers of the PCU team. Experience in discussion of end of life plans with the patient, family members and caregivers.
Clinical Experience in Internal Medicine:
Experience in acute, chronic and emergent conditions of both the adult and geriatric patient in the internal medicine setting. Experience in obtaining history and physical exams, formulating differential diagnoses and communicating organized oral presentations to the attending physician and internal medicine team during morning rounds. Experience rounding on patients in various levels of care such as the emergency room, ICU and general medical floors. Experience in reviewing and interpreting commonly ordered lab work and imaging such as x-rays, CT scans and MRI’s. Experience charting and documenting patient’s progress notes including medical management and decision making. Experience in developing therapeutic plans tailored to the patient’s condition, comorbidities and future disposition. Clinical Experience in Women’s Health:
Experience in acute, chronic and preventative women’s health encounters including both gynecological and prenatal conditions. Experience in reading pelvic ultrasounds for various conditions including endometrial and cervical cancer, dysmenorrhea, post-menopausal bleeding, leiomyoma and ovarian neoplasms and cysts. Proficient in breast exam, bimanual exam, pelvic exam and pap smears.
Clinical Experience in Psychiatry:
Experience in a geriatric psychiatric unit performing appropriate mental status examination and overall examination of patients presenting with common conditions encountered in psychiatric/behavioral health such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenic disorders, substance use disorders, dementia, delirium, suicidal ideation, Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Engaged in morning rounds, treatment plan, daily medication review and discharge plan amongst psychiatric physicians, nurses and social workers.
Clinical Experience in Pediatrics:
Experience with infants, children and adolescents in acute, chronic and routine well child visits. Experience in incision and drainage, venipuncture, ear irrigation/cerumen removal, intramuscular injections, throat swab- rapid strep, influenza and RSV testing, visual acuity and hearing exams, urinalysis, PHQ-9 depression screening, concussion evaluation, lead testing, STI screening, newborn screening and nebulizer administration.
Child Care Worker, Seven Hills Pediatric Center, Hopedale, MA May 2016 - December 2018 Ensured and provided quality care for non-verbal special needs children ages 2-21. Provided personal hygiene care and monitored and charted resident’s seizure activity. Set up G-tubes to prepare residents for feeding. Established effective communication and teamwork with other providers on the floor. Accompanied residents on medical appointments in various specialties, primarily gastrointestinal and neurology.
Physical Therapy Aide, Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy, Whitinsville, MA May 2013 - February 2014 Monitored patients progress and helped set up exercise machines based on treatment plans. Helped patients with exercises using weights and various exercise equipment. Aided patient’s use with various modalities including electrical stimulation. Established effective customer service by performing receptionist responsibilities such as setting up appointments, welcoming new patients and verifying acceptable health insurances.
Asthma and Allergy Clinic: Asthma & Allergy Physicians LLP, Brockton, MA, 2017 Obstetrics and Gynecology: Dr. Mitchell J. Bellucci, MD, Milford, MA, 2016 Volunteer PT Aide/Shadow: Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy, MA 2012 Professional Organizations
American Academy of Physician Assistants, Student Member, 2020 Volunteer Experience/Community Involvement
Participant in the Abby House Ornament Drive, MCPHS University, Worcester, MA, 2019 Participant in the Oral Health Drive, MCPHS University, Worcester, MA, 2019 Annual Women in Sport’s Day Volunteer, Springfield College, Springfield, MA, 2015, 2016, 2017 Annual Humanics in Action Day Volunteer, Springfield College, Springfield, MA, 2014, 2015, 2016 Life Teen Member and Volunteer, St. Peter’s Church, Northbridge, MA, 2010 - 2014 Scholarships
Springfield College Presidential Scholarship, 2014 - 2018 John & Abigail Adam’s Scholarship, 2014
Honors and Awards
Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2019 Inducted into the Honor Society of Tri Beta, 2018
Biology/Chemistry Department Outstanding Junior Award, 2018 National Academy of Future Physicians & Medical Scientists Award of Excellence, 2014 Certifications
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Expiration April 2021 Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider (BLS), Expiration May 2022