Profile – Physician Assistant

PA_IgneriPeter Igneri, PA-C, MMSc
Department of Surgery
The University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT

Volunteer EMT and firefighter service in high school and college helped to channel Peter Igneri toward a career as a physician assistant (PA). His inclination toward science courses helped, too.

“When I graduated from college, I thought about being a pharmaceutical sales rep, a firefighter paramedic, or a physician assistant, but an advisor at college suggested I take a look at PA schools, so when I visited family in Atlanta, I checked out Emory University. After graduating from Emory, I got my first job in Family Practice at The University of Vermont Medical Center (in Burlington, VT), where I had a great mentor who allowed me to learn and grow in my practice.”

Now a PA in the Surgery Service at The University of Vermont Medical Center, Peter enjoys his informal mentoring of high school students and new PAs at

[The University of Vermont Medical Center].

“In Family Practice, I was the practice medical director, so I have that added administrative experience to share,” he notes. “Being a PA is a unique role: it provides a bridge between clinical nursing and physicians, both of which are important.”

Asked what he tells young people about his profession, Peter replies thoughtfully,

“The most important things about being a PA are knowing how to get the information you need about medical conditions, and being able to problem-solve with other members of the health care team. It is also helpful to be self-confident, and a team player.”

Peter says that a career as a PA allows him to have balance in his life, which includes two young sons, volunteer firefighting, boating on Lake Champlain in the summer and playing indoor soccer in the winter. And the rewards of his job? He rattles off several:

“The physicians I’ve worked with have allowed me to grow, and patients sometimes send letters of thanks, which mean a lot. I’m thankful every day to have the privilege to take care of patients because people have a trust in you: they tell you things they wouldn’t tell anyone else, and you don’t get that in every job.”

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