Prior to joining the Augsburg PA program faculty in 2010, Professor Whitcomb worked in clinical practice for 8 years as Physician Assistant in Orthopedic Trauma surgery at a Level 1 trauma center in the Twin Cities. Professor Whitcomb brings a variety of different professional experiences to the program. His first career was as a Police Officer/EMT, and he has also worked as a 911 Operator and Emergency Medical Dispatcher for ground, fixed wing, and helicopter patient transportation. “Police work and the practice of Medicine are quite similar in many ways, as both require investigative work, creativity, the ability to solve complex problems on the fly, and strong communication skills. I anticipate my previous experiences will bring something unique to the program which will benefit our students â€“ future practicing Physician Assistants”. Trent’s clinical practice experience at a teaching hospital allowed him to serve as a clinical instructor for physician assistant students from numerous different programs.
Trent was born and raised in the Twin Cities, but has lived in several different parts of the country. He attended Mankato State University for his undergraduate education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement with a Corrections minor. For his physician assistant training he attended The Chicago Medical School/Finch University of Health Sciences (now Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science) in North Chicago, Illinois where he earned his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Practice. Trent is an avid Minnesota Wild and Nascar fan, and enjoys playing hockey, fishing, and shooting sports. He cherishes spending time with his wife and twin daughters.
“The opportunity to serve as faculty with the Augsburg College PA program allows me to reflect on the teachers and providers who had a tremendous and priceless impact on my education and development as a provider. I am extremely proud of our profession, and find it a high honor, blessing, and great responsibility to be in a position to share my experience and knowledge in the education of future providers”.